£150k on 10 new chalets

Fleetwood's beach huts are a popular attraction
Fleetwood's beach huts are a popular attraction

A Fleetwood councillor has called in proposals to spend £150,000 of remaining cash from the Five For Fleetwood grant on 10 new beach chalets in the port.

Coun Ruth Duffy, the Wyre Labour leader, is unhappy at the proposal – but the authority has defended its decision.

Coun Ruth Duffy

Coun Ruth Duffy

Coun Duffy says that all of the £1.5m grant, which was earmarked for five specific seafront schemes, should be used to finish off those projects, including Fleetwood’s skatepark scheme.

At present the skatepark is a bowl facility but some people expected there to be additional elements.

Wyre is proposing to build 10 new chalets on land at the colonnade of the Marine Hall with the cash, part of a total of £175,000 of the grant left over.

But the council says this £175,000 is simply now being used for another scheme.

This money could be used to actually provide a skate park to the original design.

After being called in, the plans and they will now go before Overview and Scrutiny meeting for a full discussion on Monday November 9.

Coun Duffy said: “I have called in the decision as the Labour group are totally against the monies being used for something that will only benefit an extremely small minority of the residents.

“This money could be used to actually provide a skate park to the original design.

“The original ‘street scene’ design was rejected by Wyre because it would cost an extra £90,000 and Wyre said they did not have enough funds to cover it.

“However, here we are with £150,000 still available to spend. We also have concerns that they want to build these chalets on the colonnade of the Marine Hall, and unhappy with the lack of consultation and engagement with the residents, local councillors, town councillors”

However, a Wyre spokeswoman said: “The majority of the £1.5m Coastal Community funding has been spent on restoring Euston Park, improvements at Marine Lake, a new leisure hub incorporating skate park, splash pad, cafe and extension to the existing children’s play area.

“In addition, £60,000 has been allocated towards the creation of an Ecology Zone at Rossall.

“There is a balance of £175,000 left, which does not have to be spent until the end of March, and the beach huts project would use the majority of this.

“Beach huts wouldn’t just benefit those who lease them; they would occupy a currently empty space and visually enhance the promenade for everyone using it.

“We know there is demand and that all the huts built last year went to local people and have become family assets.

“The skate park was built following consultation with young people and we have completed everything we planned to do.”

No decision has yet been taken on how the remaining £25,000 left after the cost 
of the beach huts would be spent.