Town Crier: Tale of two towns – or make that three

Frontierland Site. Morecambe.
Frontierland Site. Morecambe.

Morecambe needs help, we all know that. To move forward and into the future as a viable retail and tourist player on the Lancashire scene, change and improvement must come.

Of course, not all change is good, but news that developers have come forward, £17m in hand, to transform the ‘eyesore ‘ Frontierland site was a welcome relief to many. But with actions come consequences and now the Arndale Centre in Morecambe’s traditional centre, fears it could lose shoppers to any new development and has lodged an objection to the planning application.

A fear that is not without merit – around the country many town and city centres have lost vital trade to retail parks.

But the question is – are we as a town in a position to turn away any such investment? If not – how can we make it work to benefit all of Morecambe?

There is no point in us all working on separate pockets of the town and hoping for the bes.

We need to make sure projects are linked up to ensure Morecambe can offer everything– an identifiable town centre, the retail park experience and the quirky, independent offerings in The West End and other shopping hubs.

We already have some fantastic shopping offerings, including the Arndale Centre, and we must work to preserve and improve as well as move forward.