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Fleetwood pier homes are no joke

A local comedian is behind a scheme to turn a derelict pier near Blackpool into a major residential development.

Mike Simmons, whose stage name is Joey Blower, will submit plans to Wyre Borough Council next month.

The £18 million scheme will involve redeveloping Fleetwood Pier, with 85 buildings constructed on top of the structure.

Mr Simmons, who recently formed his own private development firm, Simmo Developments, has the backing of several banks and local businesses. He is hoping work will start on site next year.