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Blackpool Council Redevelopment Project Benefits Mereside Primary School

Blackpool based company RP Tyson Construction has presented a cheque for £2500 to Mereside Primary School (part of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust) to support the pupils following their return to school.

The company is undertaking construction at the council’s redevelopment project at Troutbeck Crescent which will provide a total of 75 new homes for rent through Blackpool Coastal Housing.

As part of the construction contract RP Tyson Construction committed to setting up a Community Fund to support projects and causes on the Mereside Estate.

The cheque was presented by Jeremy Whittle (Managing Director of RP Tyson Construction) and Cllr Neal Brookes Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Housing & Welfare to Samantha Upton, Headteacher at Mereside Primary School. The school is looking at potential spend on a range of COVID-related interventions ranging from equipment to facilitate social distancing learning to wellbeing programmes.

Ms Upton said: “The school is grateful for this financial assistance to help it through a difficult time and wish to thank Tyson’s for their very generous support to the children’s development.”

The redevelopment at Troutbeck Crescent will provide a mix of one bed flats, two and three bed family homes and two bed accessible houses. Works commenced in September 2019 and are progressing well, with completion of the scheme expected in Spring 2022.

Jeremy Whittle commented:

“We are delighted to be part of this significant regeneration project, providing fantastic new affordable homes for rent, in our home town Blackpool.

It is important to us to invest in social value leaving a legacy that benefits the neighbourhoods we are working in. Mereside Primary School does some great work and we’re glad that we’ve been able to make a contribution to support them and their pupils.”

Cllr Brookes added:

“In these difficult times it is so important that we support each other as best we can. I know how pleased the school is to receive this donation and that it will be put towards good use for the benefit of Mereside Primary pupils.”

Sean Bullen, Interim Director of Education of The Fylde Coast Academy Trust said: “We are always delighted to work with our community partners and are pleased that Mereside have received this generous cheque from Tysons; a recognition that schools and local companies can work well together. Tysons build houses, we build futures, and it is good to see a positive story at a time we are all ‘Building back better’ together.”

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