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Covering the North West • COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL • LETTINGS • NEW HOMES February 9th 2017 BUILDERS SUPPLIES West Coast Ltd KITCHENS & BATHROOMS FLEET7WO7O6D &6 C0LEV0ELEYS The Biggest & Best Property Guide in your Area - The Place to be Seen. See Rowland Homes Pages 58, 59 & 80 Find us online Make sure you check out FREEour next issue on February 23rd 2017!


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2 The Property Scene: 01253 392 064 February 9th 2017 Say you’ve seen it in The Property Scene INDEX FUND TO PRESERVE BLACKPOOL TOWER • RESIDENTIAL CIRCUS COLLECTION Pages 3 to 35 • PARK HOMES Pages 10, 37, 38, & 39 • FINANCE PAGE Pages 36, 42 & 43 • AUCTION SCENE Pages 11, 40, 41, 44 & 45 • SHOWCASE Page 46 • SOUTH FYLDE SCENE Pages 47 to 53 • INTERIOR SCENE Page 54 • NEW HOMES SCENE Pages 56 to 67 • LETTING SCENE Pages 68 to 74 • COMMERCIAL SCENE Pages 75 to 77 • CLASSIFIED SCENE Pages 78 & 79 Blackpool Council has been awarded £97,000 from The Collections Fund – delivered by the Museums Association to help preserve the Blackpool Tower Circus Collection and make it available to the public. The two-and-a-half-year project is called Marvels and Mayhem and will contribute to the proposed displays in the Blackpool Museum, which will be based in the Pavilion Theatre within the Winter Gardens. The project will support the recruitment of volunteers to help create a catalogue and preserve the collection, as well as providing engagement opportunities with the local community. The aim of the Collections Fund is to develop collections and use them to achieve positive social impact. In an innovative new partnership with the School of Society, Health and Childhood at Blackpool and the Fylde College will enable students to explore how the circus collection can be used to support health and wellbeing. The partnership will culminate in a number of students planning, researching and delivering circus collection activity within their health and social care area. Marvels and Mayhem will also work with Blackpool Council Arts and Library Services to produce an imaginative creative writing and storytelling offer for schools. Using the Save Our Stories vehicle, a fantastical rescue vehicle which supports literacy, the project will use the fun of the circus to inspire children and boost their confidence and creativity. The Collection Fund launched in 2011 and is offering a total of £3.5m in grants between 2017 and 2019. The award for the project in Blackpool is the twelfth round of awards the fund has made so far and is the largest grant awarded this round. The final aim of the project is to add to the knowledge of the collection. Members of the local and regional circus community will be invited to the collection to share their stories, experiences and expertise which will add to the understanding of the collection and the history of Circus. Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council said: “This is an exciting opportunity to invest in the Blackpool Tower Circus Collection, which has international significance and is so important to the history of Blackpool. “2018 is the 250th anniversary of circus and the project will play a part in wider celebrations around the country and make sure Blackpool Tower Circus is a part of this milestone. “A legacy of this project will be achieved through the support of volunteers during the life of the project. They will be involved in listing and cataloguing the collections, photographing and digitising items and putting the collection in materials so people can view them safely.” Joanne Hall, Curriculum Manager from Society, Health & Childhood at B&FC, said: “We are delighted to be working with Blackpool Council on this innovative project. “This is a unique opportunity which B&FC higher education students can use as a focus for their studies. They will be looking at approaches to social care and how access to Blackpool’s historic and cultural collections can support people’s wellbeing. With this understanding our students will be equipped to make the most of Blackpool’s cultural heritage and the new museum in their working practices across the Fylde coast. “The project will see B&FC students immersed in the town’s history and contributing to an important collection for the wider Museum Project - but considering the material in ways that will benefit the community in more practical ways rather than how it might be looked at by historians or artists.” • FEATURE SCENE Page 80 HAVEYOU GOT AN IDEA FOR A COMMUNITY PROJECT TO COMMEMORATETHE FIRST WORLD WAR? CONTACTS Editorial and all other queries: emma@thepropertyscene .com Tel: 07970 711 843 Advertising: advertising@thepropertyscene .com Tel: 01253 392064 Website: www .thepropertyscene .com Design & Print Ltd Mr Richard Russell Tel: 01244 833814 The Property Scene has been a combination of many people’s efforts, time and most importantly encouragement, so a huge THANK YOU to you all. The Property Scene is independently owned by A & S Publishing, PO Box 1273, Blackpool, FY1 9ET. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form by means electronic, photographic, recording or otherwise without prior permission of the publishers. Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the Editor or publisher. Whilst the greatest care is taken to ensure that the information in this product is correct at the time of going to press the Publisher cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. Published by A&S Publishing. Printed by NWN Media Limited at Mold Business Park, Wrexham Road, Mold. Blackpool North & Cleveleys is yet to receive money from Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects exploring the First World War during the Centenary. Paul Maynard MP is urging local residents to apply today. Following the phenomenal success of its community grants programme First World War: then and now, HLF has made £2million available this year for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. Grants are available between £3,000 and £10,000. Thanks to National Lottery funding, thousands of young people and communities throughout the UK have already been involved in activities marking the Centenary such as: researching and recording local heritage; conserving and finding out more about war memorials; and using digital technology to share the fascinating stories they uncover. We want as many people as possible to get involved to explore a greater range of stories including those surrounding the Battle of Gallipoli, the Battle of Jutland, the Battle of the Somme and Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres Paul said:“These projects and stories have been an inspiration. It’s so important that we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on. There is still time to apply for National Lottery money and I would urge anyone in Blackpool North & Cleveleys with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.” Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the HLF, said: “The demand for National Lottery funding for First World War projects has been phenomenal and so far we have reached almost 83 per cent of UK constituencies. But we want to make that 100 per cent. 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Tips and Advice on HomeSay you’ve seen it in The Property Scene February 9th 2017 The Property Scene: 01253 392 064 9 repairs and improvements Home improvements can transform and add value to your home but it is easy for costs to escalate and projects to go wrong. The Homeowners Alliance step-by-step guide can help you do home improvements and repairs the right way. Before work starts Don’t forget to contact your Local Authority Planning and Building Control Departments if you are doing significant works. Read more about whether or not you need planning permission or take a quick glance at our virtual planning permission tool. If you are doing a project which impacts adjoining or shared walls with your neighbours you may need to issue a Party Wall Notice. See our advice guide Do I need a Party Wall Agreement? If you are doing a project which makes significant structural changes you may need the help of a structural engineer to enable you to obtain Building Control Approval. See our guide Do I need a Structural Engineer? If your home is listed or you live in a Conservation Area, check with your Local Authority for any restrictions on what changes you can make. Budgeting, quotes and specifications Make a detailed list of everything you would like to have included, this will help when you ask for quotations. Compare quotes item by item and not just by the overall cost of the job. Check that VAT is included in the costs you are quoted. Set aside some money for unexpected problems – rule of thumb is 10% of total cost. If you are thinking about taking out a loan or using another form of credit to pay for the work, consider the full cost of the credit including the interest. Read our guide on how to finance your home improvement project. It may also be a good time to consider remortgaging as a way of freeing up funds. Include costs for labour and parts in your overall budget. When purchasing items shop around and check online. Agree who will purchase items and be responsible for making sure they arrive on time. Clarify at the start what marks the end of the project and make a note of this. Finding a trader Carry out checks to find a good trader – this will stop most problems straight away. Take a look at how to find the best tradesman for the job. Find your tradesman by using our Find a Tradesman search tool. Or ask friends and family for recommendations. Check online for websites with a feedback option to rate traders, but be wary of relying completely on the reports. Our guide outlines how the online tradesman review sites work and what to watch for. If you are doing major structural works and your builder requires technical drawings, you can get quotes from Structural Engineers here. Be clear about whether you need building regulations certificates for any of the work you are doing, for example electrical, windows and water. Be prepared, look for a trader well in advance of when you would like the project to start. Be careful about using anyone who comes to your door cold calling. Contractual information Produce a list or specification of what work you would like to have done. Obtain written quotations and ask for them to be broken down so that you can see the price of work and materials for each item. Discuss delays, who is responsible if there are delays and who pays. Discuss and clarify house rules for example no smoking in the house, or no muddy boots Check if you will be given a timetable for the work. Agree how payments will be made. Check if there any health and safety aspects you need to be aware of. Agree a single point of contact for the project. If you are contracting a builder, take a look at RIBAs domestic building contracts. During work Have regular on site meetings. Raise any issues as they arise, don’t wait for the end of the project. Check that you are actually paying for the work that has been completed. Check that your local authority Building Control Department has signed off key stages of the work, if they are required to. Finishing work Clarify what you would consider to be the end of the project. Make this clear at the very start and put this in writing so everyone knows. Be clear about when you will be required to make the final payment and what it covers. Remember that you are entitled to withhold a reasonable amount of money to ensure problems are put right. Tidying up and snagging Have a clear idea of when the final payment is due. You have a right to withhold a reasonable amount of money if work has not been done to satisfactory quality. Keep a running list of items that are outstanding to form your snag list. You can get advice about your rights and how to deal with the trader if they appear reluctant to talk to you from Citizens Advice. Post completion Have the correct forwarding details for your trader. Make sure that you have paperwork for items purchased by the trader and certificates for work, instructions and warranties.


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10 The Property Scene: 01253 392 064 February 9th 2017 Pool Brow caravan park Say you’ve seen it in The Property Scene End Of Season Sale Now On!!! Little Singelton near Poulton le Fylde • All caravans must go • Hurry while stocks last • New five star development • 12 months site licence available • Reserve your pitch now • Orders being taken • New stock arriving • Suitable for retired and semi retired people • Small exclusive park • New lodges and caravans to view • Pitch fees just £1950 Only one lodge left for this year major deal to be had part X welcome Don’t delay, have a look around today Contact Office (01253) 886462 Patrick 07437 696218 • John 07557 539460 Pool Brow Caravan Park Pool Foot Lane, Poulton le Fylde, FY6 8LY


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