Keeping arts and culture at the heart of our communities

Using tourism to drive investment


Blackpool Council

In 2010 Blackpool Council bought a number of the town's most prominent attractions for £34 million so that it could invest and run them differently. This move brought the Blackpool Tower into public ownership for the first time and paved the way for a major regeneration programme. Merlin Entertainments was selected as the operator of the Tower attractions bringing with it the already established Eye and Dungeon brands. The investment, development and marketing that have resulted from the partnership since then has played a major role in re-establishing Blackpool as a family resort. 

The LGA Labour Group exists to fight the corner for Labour councillors at a national level, both within
the cross-party Local Government Association and with the Labour Party at Westminster. The Group provide a strong voice for Labour councillors and act as a platform for ideas and innovation for all those committed to an effective localist element to Labour politics and policies.

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