Morecambe Portas blueprint rings the changes

Victoria Street in Morecambe.
Victoria Street in Morecambe.

Morecambe’s Town Team has gone back to the drawing board with plans to give a town centre street a radical makeover.

An updated ‘action plan’ focusses on tidying up Victoria Street using £100,000 of Government cash awarded to Morecambe last July as a ‘Mary Portas Pilot Town’.

The Town Team, an independent group of businesspeople, has come under fire from Victoria Street traders for only organising an Easter street market and “five plant pots” on the street over the past 12 months, using just £6,000 of the money.

“Our original action plan didn’t include all the things that were in the original bid,” said John Watkins, chair of the Town Team.

“It’s not up to the mark so we’ve gone back to the drawing table.”

Plans include new Victoria Street litter bins, hanging baskets to brighten up buildings, an avenue of trees, new street lamps, a clean-up of up car parks in and around the street, new street bunting and window dressing of empty properties, possibly using digital technology. A monthly street fair, a Town Shop and an open air movie in the Winter Gardens car park are other projects being mooted, but Mr Watkins said an idea to use ‘green wall’ technology to cover empty buildings with plants was thought to be “too costly”.