Everyone loves a bargain.
We know it, the marketing people with their BOGOFs and their two-for-one’s know it; they put a smile on everyone’s face and a spring in our step.
So, while we’re all still feeling the summer buzz around Blackpool, I’ve decided in this blog I won’t harp on about politics.
Instead I want to point out to you some of the best bargains and boosts the Council can offer you, the Blackpool local.
Charity begins at home, they say, so first off we’ve brought in a whole host of recycling innovations to try to help keep Blackpool – and your house – nice and tidy.
One big one is Rover – our free new mobile tip – which travels around one area per day, saving people the fuel cost of a trip to the tip at Bristol Avenue.
If you do make your way to the tip we’ve also got a very popular new innovation – the Re-Use store – which reclaims and reconditions goods that people are looking to dump, putting them back on sale to pay for the tip’s upkeep and raise money for charity.
This project too has been a great success and, believe me, from TV’s to toys, there are amazing bargains and top quality items to be had.
The summer in Blackpool is always all about fun and we always try to put on free events aimed at families.
From the Blackpool Air Show, which was a soaring success despite windy weather, and Ride the Lights to the upcoming World Fireworks Championships running every Friday night in September, we’ve some wonderful free events for people both young and old to enjoy.
And speaking of fun, I’m excited to see our new community engagement tool – the council couch – coming to your area very soon.
It’s quirky, it’s a bit of fun, it costs next to nothing but it will hopefully get people talking and allow you, the local resident, to come along and get something off your chest.
Maybe you can even suggest an idea that will help us a better deal for Blackpool.
And finally we’ve a new scheme which could help you save a good whack off one of everyone’s least favourite pest to their pocket – energy bills.
Our collective energy switching scheme, Ready to Switch, is back – keep an eye out for details in the press, on our website and online.
We’ve also a whole host of energy-saving advice and expertise available and a new home insulation scheme in the pipeline.
Keep an eye out for news on that soon.
You can find out more about these initiatives by searching the words in bold on the Blackpool Council website.