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LGBTQ+ Rainbows Appear On Blackpool Zebra Crossings

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Rainbows have appeared on zebra crossings on Dickson Road in Blackpool as part of an upgraded to include the multi-coloured designs. The colours reflect the Progress Pride flag, which has been the symbol of the LGBTQ+ community since the 1970s. And the junction of Dickson Road and Springfield Road will also see a vibrant makeover, with rainbow crossings due to be installed on the road at the four-way junction.

The featured photographs are courtesy of Blackpool Council who say the new thermoplastic graphics have brightened up the area in a show of solidarity with the long-established LGBQT+ community.

Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of the Council and Ward Councillor for Claremont said: “I am delighted to see the first steps of the ‘Be Who You Want To Be’ Action Plan being put into place so quickly in the Claremont area. The new rainbow crossings bring an injection of colour and are a celebration of the long-established LGBTQ+ history and diversity of the area.

The LGBTQ+ community and businesses are very important to the economy of our town and I want the improvements made through the Action Plan to make this area to feel vibrant, unique and safe for everyone.

There is still more work to be done but I’m proud that we’re committed to developing the identity of this area of the town centre, making it an area of inclusivity for everyone to be who they want to be.’

However, GB News has offered the viewpoint that the scheme is a waste of money. They say that the scheme has been slammed by residents who have questioned the project amid a series of funding issues and concerns for people with guide dogs.

GB News quotes a social media user who wrote: ‘Never talk about the cost-of-living crisis whilst you are increasing Council Tax and wasting it on this. You are a disgrace.’ GB News also said another added: ‘It’s an eyesore and very dangerous for guide dogs and people with vision issues.’ while a third said: ‘Stop wasting tax payers’ money on these pointless virtue signalling exercises.’

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