Improved transport links and a marina would help shopkeepers survive in Morecambe, says the boss of a mobility scooter and wheelchair business.
Mark Crowther, whose BeeJay Mobility Services shop has been on Euston Road since 1993, knows only too well the feeling of being stuck in traffic trying to get between Morecambe and Lancaster.
Mark can often be seen out and about in his BJM van, visiting customers for deliveries and repairs.
“But the traffic is horrendous,” he said. “A 45-minute job to Lancaster can turn into an entire afternoon. “A new link road? Yes, I’m in favour of anything that releases the volume of traffic and helps get people into Morecambe.
“I also think the Urban Splash development on the promenade is a good idea...but I also think it’s someone trying to make money out of this town. I think Morecambe would be better off with a marina.
“When people with money come, all they want to do is play about on the water and we’ve got that in abundance.
“They also need to brighten up the empty shops. Put coloured posters inside them, like they did in the Arndale. It will take your eye away from the ‘To Let’ signs and make it look like the town isn’t closed down.”
Next year BJM marks 20 years in business in Morecambe and Mark says their secret is their personal touch.
“These days people want everything and want to pay nothing. You can buy a mobility scooter off the internet and save £60 or £70.
“But when there’s a problem, what happens then? We have on-the-road engineers who will go to people’s houses and do repairs on the spot.”