The Casino fightback has started. The Blackpool Gazette has launched an online petition here which I urge everyone to sign.
The Casino fightback has started. The Blackpool Gazette has launched an online petition here which I urge everyone to sign. But Blackpool's future cannot just be dependent on the issue of whether or not we get a casino - it is too uncertain a path to rely on. The wider regeneration efforts must continue. ReBlackpool are right to say that the new sea wall, tramway, shopping centre and development sites put us in a good position for if we do get a casino license. On the other hand, I think that to say there are no other realistic alternatives to the casino for regenerating the town is a touch negative, and doesn't help.
Blackpool needs a Plan B, and all the statutory bodies and regeneration companies need to think beyond the casino box. The one consolation of a blank sheet of paper is that it means a lot more room for fresh thoughts. It makes ideas such as transferring the Theatre Museum up to Blackpool from London that much more important.