https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47800638

Good to see issue being discussed in parliament. To be fair lots of work has been done such as the sea defences, bus station extending tram route, direct link to Euston and now plans to transform Central Station. The Central Station project will go a long way in transforming how the area looks. Will it tackle the real problems, I don't know. It needs to attact high quality shops, restuarant and hotels so the powers that be need to think 'What would attract these companies to Blackpool'. If you can solve that answer, you are half way there.

The fact that Blackpool is still the number 1 seaside tourist destination in the UK should make the Government want to help.

Blackpool got fucked over when it didn’t get the casinos. That’s the only thing that would have turned Blackpool around. 

Due to large backhanders it was given somewhere else then cancelled by Gordon Brown as he didn’t believe in gambling. 

With Brexit looming, really should get the casino bid back on. It would transform Blackpool minus the few negatives that it would bring as well.

Interestingly Bournemouth has it's own airport and Brighton less than half hour away has Gatwick and both doing well.

Please do not think that this a all because they are in the south, Margate  with the loss of (Manston) airport has over the years gone the same way as Blackpool, the closure of both  airports hasn't helped matters.

I think Bournemouth and Brighton naturally benefit from London people looking for a coastal escape. Blackpool hasn't really got that so it's a lot harder to make a success. The council can keep throwing money at it in the hope that one day investors will want to invest in Blackpool or it will take something like the Casino bid to accelerate it. Easier said than done.

I feel the same about St.Annes. The town centre is dying and the shops are crap. Lytham is where all the investment is going.

tangerinejezza wrote:

Blackpool got fucked over when it didn’t get the casinos. That’s the only thing that would have turned Blackpool around. 

Due to large backhanders it was given somewhere else then cancelled by Gordon Brown as he didn’t believe in gambling. 

It's not the only thing, but it was the only quick thing.

The tacky shops on the front as you head towards the centre don't help. 

Am a sandgrownun, although the beach was in Morecambe as opposed to Blackpool. 

Worked and lived in Lancashire, London,  West Midlands, Yorkshire (Dad born in Shipley and one of my main regrets is my children weren't delivered east of the Pennines), Cumbria, Essex, Hampshire and the Fylde.

There isn't a location in the country which can match that gutwrenching,  adrenaline -fuelled, awe-inspiring feeling of excitement and anticipation offered by Blackpool. The first sight of the tower as you arrive ( we always played the game in the car as children-first to point it out won a couple of quid to spend in the arcades),  the knowledge that you're gonna have a wonderful time,  whatever the weather (unless you're going to Bloomfield Road!!!!), the vibrant atmosphere, the thrills and spills,  the gaiety of it all has never left me. 

Always number 1

Driving back home on the M55 and you see the Tower. Great feeling.