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Covering the North West • COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL • LETTINGS • NEW HOMES April 20th 2017 BUILDERS SUPPLIES West Coast Ltd FENCING & DECKING FLEET7WO7O6D &6 C0LEV0ELEYS www.bswc.biz The Biggest & Best Property Guide in your Area - The Place to be Seen. Find us online Make sure you check out our next issue on May 4th! FREE

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2 The Property Scene: 01253 392 064 April 20th 2017 Say you’ve seen it in The Property Scene INDEX WORK BEGINS TO CREATE MYTHIC COAST • RESIDENTIAL INSPIRED ECOLOGY PARK Pages 3 to 29 • PARK HOMES Pages 8, 25, 30,34 35 and 37 • FINANCE Page 36 • SOUTH FYLDE SCENE Pages 38 to 42 • NEW HOMES SCENE Pages 44 to 53 • LETTING SCENE Pages 54 to 58 • COMMERCIAL SCENE Work has started to create an ecology park on the landward side of Rossall sea defences from West Way to Fairway. The 1.5km strip of land will be known as Larkholme Grasslands and is already classed as a Biological Heritage Site because of the rare species of flora and fauna that grow there.The area will be enhanced to allow residents to enjoy the rich and diverse wildlife and will feature specially created sculptures, designed by Mythic Coast artist Stephen Broadbent. Councillor Roger Berry, Cabinet member with responsibility for sea defences at Wyre Council, said: “This landscaping work will bring the finishing touches to a fantastic new promenade and provide a much more attractive environment for those living behind the sea defences. “We’re making the most of the area’s natural features, creating an ecology park that celebrates the plants and insects that make the grasslands special, and in line with feedback from consultation with the public. One aspect of the design we were asked to address by residents was the visual impact of the wall from the highway and beyond. As a result, we’re raising the land so that just over a metre of seawall will be all that’s visible.” The ecology park will feature artworks that bring to life the diverse range of marine species that give the area its Biological Heritage Site status. Colourful aluminium grassland beacons designed by artist Stephen Broadbent will stand tall at pedestrian access points along the promenade and as way-finders connecting paths to the promenade. Hand carved wooden artworks will illustrate a new story about the grasslands’ ecology, linking the project to the Mythic Coast, an artwork trail based on folklore and myth surrounding the local coastline. Seating, pathways and bridges will be added to make the whole area more accessible and enjoyable. Stephen Broadbent, artist, said: “The new Rossall promenade and adjoining Larkholme Grasslands are a significant addition to the Wyre Way coastal path which is developing into a significant and much loved destination. It is also a tremendous opportunity to develop the Mythic Coast story connected with the diverse marine flora and fauna that are being invited to live in their new home. It’s going to be very exciting for local schools and residents to see which plants, bugs and birds come to stay over the years to come.” Balfour Beatty is the main contractor for the construction of the new sea defences and landscaping of Larkholme Grasslands. Wyre Council is replacing two kilometres of defences, from Rossall Hospital to Rossall Point, in a £63m coastal defence scheme that will protect 7,500 properties from the risk of flooding. Mark Farrah, Regional Director of North and Midlands at Balfour Beatty, said: “This work marks the beginning of the end of construction for the Rossall sea defences. Once complete Rossall and Anchorsholme will be the biggest coastal protection scheme in the UK, helping to protect thousands of homes, businesses and the local community from the risk of flooding.” The first phase of landscaping centres mainly on earthworks, to raise the level of the ground, and some demolition. Turfing, seeding and planting will follow. Rarer plants were translocated away from the site when construction of the sea defences began to prevent damage.There have also been a number of seed collections taken which have been grown offsite ready to be returned at a later date. The new sea defences are due to be completed in November 2017 when the promenade will also re-open. Larkholme Grasslands will be completed in spring 2018. To find out more call into the information cabin at West Way car park which is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5.30pm, or visit fyldecoastalprogramme.co.uk. Pages 59 to 61 • CLASSIFIED SCENE Pages 62 & 63 • FEATURE SCENE Page 64 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. STEPPING FORWARD FOR A LITTER FREE PARK Feeling fitter while picking up litter – that was the aim of walkers in Blackpool’s Moor Park. Over 50 people who are taking part in Blackpool’s Step to Health programme doubled their efforts by picking up litter in the park as part of the Keep Blackpool Tidy campaign. Steps to Health is Blackpool’s free community walking programme. The scheme looks to encourage local residents to leave the sofa, stretch their legs and get some fresh air, as well as meet new friends.The main aim is to increase the amount of physical activity for people who would normally do little exercise. Steps to Health has been running since 2003 and now engages around 600 people on a monthly basis with seven walks of varying lengths taking place each week from different venues. The Keep Blackpool Tidy campaign, which began last year, is aiming to encourage more residents, visitors and businesses to take pride in keeping the resort clean. Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “Both initiatives are making a real difference to both individual lives and the wider communities in which we live. “The recent combined walk and litter pick is a great example of people getting out, taking some exercise and at the same time doing something that has a real positive impact on our environment. They are to be applauded.” To find out more about Steps to Health walk and events head to www.Blackpool.gov.uk/ stepstohealth or call 01253 478007 Support the Keep Blackpool Tidy campaign! For more information on how to organise group litter picks in your area or become a volunteer with a local community group visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/tidy SEARCH ON FOR FAMILY OF THORNTON MARKET GARDENER Wyre Council is searching for relatives of Joseph Blackburn, aThornton man who fought and was killed in the First World War. This summer, the Council will commemorate a protest by members of the old Thornton Urban District Council, staged when Joseph was sent off to the war. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that protest, and of a legal case gone badly wrong. The story has been brought to light by writer and lawyer David Hewitt, and it is told in his new book Joseph, 1917. During the First World War, the task of deciding whether men must fight or could be given exemption was usually performed by a local tribunal. There were more than 2,000 across the country, each appointed by the local council for the area it served, and containing a number of councillors. In March 1916, the government introduced military conscription for the very first time. The local tribunals would now have to decide when men who were already soldiers should be called up, but also whether men who had up until now been civilians should be required to serve. They would have the power to make a man exempt absolutely, temporarily or upon particular conditions. The Thornton tribunal accepted that Joseph Blackburn was a market gardener and that it was in the national interest that he should follow that trade. His exemption wasn’t absolute, and soon it was overturned. In May 1917, the central tribunal that sat in Westminster decided that Joseph wasn’t a market gardener at all, but a mere ‘hawker’ of fruit and vegetables, and took away the exemption he had been given several months before. The tribunal made its decision only on the basis of the papers it saw, and it didn’t hear from Joseph himself, consequently Joseph was sent off to war. On 26 June 1917, in protest at the way Joseph and they themselves had been treated, the five councillors from Thornton Urban District Council walked out of the council offices at Four Lane Ends. They were Thomas Dewhurst, who was the chairman, William Betney, Thomas Waring, William Titherington and Thomas Strickland, and they didn’t return for most of the summer. Yet despite this protest, Joseph Blackburn never came back to Thornton. In August 1918, as British soldiers swept across northern France, he was killed in action close to the River Somme. He is one of more than eighty Thornton men commemorated on the town’s war memorial. To honour Joseph Blackburn and the five councillors who stood against the decision made by Westminster, Wyre Council is appealing for relatives and descendants of Joseph Blackburn to come forward and be part of a number of upcoming commemoration events. One of these events will be a re-enactment of the ‘walk out’ by the current Thornton councillors in tribute to their predecessors, which will take place just before full council on Thursday 8 June 2017.This re-enactment is intended to honour those councillors who stood up for their local community during such difficult times. Information about Joseph Blackburn and his family can be found online at www.wyre.gov.uk/ JosephBlackburn. If you are related to him, please get in touch by emailing us at communications@ wyre.gov.uk SUBSCRIPTIONS Please send to: PO Box 1273, B✁lackpool, FY1 9ET Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Address: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Post Code: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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Say you’ve seen it in The Property Scene April 20th 2017 The Property Scene: 01253 392 064 9 Bathroom refurbishment: Where do I start ? Whether you’re planning a practical family bathroom, en-suite, wet room or full-on home spa and personal sanctuary, here are some tips on where to start with your bathroom refurbishment. Should I fit myself, project manage or use a bathroom specialist? You need to decide whether you want to: install the bathroom yourself, project manage other trades to fit your bathroom, or get a bathroom specialist to design and then see it through to completion for you. Our Expert, a bathroom specialist, reckons “If you’re planning to spend under £5,000, then your best approach may be to manage the project yourself,” says our expert, “Expect to pay £3,000 to £6,000, but be prepared to sacrifice a lot of finishing detail in order to ensure you get the basics like tiling and plumbing right.” If sourcing and fitting the bathroom yourself, you can find a cheap bathroom suite for as little as £200. But you’ll need to source and work out your budget for accessories, shower fittings, taps, tiles, grouting and other materials, which can double the price. You’ll spend a lot of time sourcing materials online and in stores and need to be a confident DIYer. But you will be in full control of your budget, final look and the results can be impressive. While fitting the bathroom yourself can save up to 60% of the cost, do consider the time and difficulty of the job before you decide to take the project on.You should always get a professional in when it comes to gas or electric. If you’re putting in an electric shower, use a registered electrician – mistakes can be fatal! Whether buying the products yourself or getting someone in, it’s worth looking at the guarantees, especially for things such as grouting or sealant, which are costly to replace if they spring a leak. Look for lifetime or ten-yearplus warranties “Budgets for a new bathroom can vary enormously,” continues our bathroom specilaist. “The average bathroom costs around £6,000….but can run into tens of thousands for a designer bathroom with luxury fittings – so be honest and strict with yourself about how much you can afford to spend.” Finding a Tradesman “If you’re looking for a great finish, a general building firm probably won’t be for you,” says our expert. “Any company capable of producing great work should have an impressive portfolio to give you ideas. For the best possible finish, you’re better off having one company to design, source and install your bathroom rather than having various trades coming in one at a time.” Furnishing your new bathroom Whether fitting yourself or using a specialist, you’ll need to decide what will go into your new bathroom. For ideas and mood boards, Pinterest is a great tool and most designers now have an account so you can work the mood board between you. “You’ll also need to decide if you’re a bath or a wet room kind of person, whether you need a bidet or douche etc,” adds our expert. You can even add a TV or flush-mounted speakers to listen to your music wirelessly if you want to make a statement! If you really want to splash out, how about a home spa? “If you’re a real water baby then why not add a mini home spa?” suggests our specialist.“A simple sauna can start at around £5,000 and gives your home that luxury feel. Next you’ll need to decide on wall coverings. You can go the standard ceramic route or splash out on natural stone. ” How long will it take? When it comes to practicalities it is important to consider what constitutes a realistic time-frame. Bathrooms can take between one and three weeks to complete, and depending on the size of your house the work could be rather intrusive.

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12 The Property Scene: 01253 392 064 April 20th 2017 Say you’ve seen it in The Property Scene WE ARE SELLING PROPERTIES ACROSS THE FYLDE COAST SELL YOURS TODAY 01253 850266 Properties up to: £175,000 OPTION 1 No Sale No Fee Advertising on Rightmove, Zoopla & Primelocation Floor Plan £995 ALL OUR PRICES INCLUDE VAT OPTION 2 No Sale No Fee Advertising on Rightmove, Zoopla & Primelocation Floor Plan Accompanied Viewings £1295 Properties from: £175,000 - £250,000 OPTION 1 OPTION 2 No Sale No Fee Advertising on Rightmove, Zoopla & Primelocation Floor Plan No Sale No Fee Advertising on Rightmove, Zoopla & Primelocation Floor Plan Accompanied Viewings £1395 £1695 www.thesquareroom.co.uk www.thepropertyscene.com

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