Blast From The Past

Travelodge and Arndale Centre, Morecambe.
Travelodge and Arndale Centre, Morecambe.
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Five years ago: Morecambe’s main shopping area would be given a major overhaul if plans to build a new Travelodge hotel got the green light.

Arndale Centre owners submitted plans which were just the first phase of a wider strategy to improve Morecambe town centre. The initial proposals were to demolish seven existing retail units on the Euston Road shopping precinct and replace them with a three-storey, 60-bedroom Travelodge.

Sammy McIlroy’s new look Shrimps had to share the spoils in the opening fixture of the new League Two campaign as a late Hereford equaliser earned a point for the Bulls in an entertaining game. Despite falling behind, a rousing second half display had put the home side firmly in command and they looked set to register their first three points haul of the final season at Christie Park.

Ten years ago:

Morecambe’s MP, fishermen and a leading councillor were demanding the closure of the bay’s cockle beds, following an incident in which 144 cocklers had to be rescued. If the beds were not closed with immediate effect, Geraldine Smith MP claimed, it would not be long before more cockle pickers were killed in Morecambe Bay. The incident involved gangs of Chinese and Scottish cocklers allegedly fighting.

Long awaited plans for new multi-million pound community facilities in Heysham had been revealed. The plans included a ‘neighbourhood centre’ in which there would be a sports hall, community centre, health centre and police rooms. A games room, restaurant, pub and shopping facilities were also on the cards on land at Mossgate. There had been fears that the development could be in jeopardy.

Twenty years ago:

A ruptured water main caused chaos in Morecambe and Heysham. The pressure of the water was so great that it ripped through the road, gushed high into the air and hurled rocks and debris around. Thousands of homes were left without water and huge tailbacks of rush-hour traffic ground to a standstill. The 18-inch main beneath Ryelands Road burst at 5am, a few yards from the junction with Morecambe Road.

It was reported Crinkley Bottom was to get a pub – despite strong protests from neighbours. Lancaster magistrates gave the thumbs-up although not without imposing a number of restrictions. Disappointed residents who turned out in force and fought valiantly against the plans, said after the hearing their case was not over. They vowed to keep a vigilant eye on the pub to make sure conditions were not contravened.