£20k crest work to start

The Mount crest at Fleetwood

The Mount crest at Fleetwood

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Work is set to start on a £20,000 permanent crest for Fleetwood’s iconic Mount this week.

The project will see a colourful version of Fleetwood’s Onward crest, made from crushed glass and resin, displayed on the Mount slope.

Councillor Terry Rogers.

Councillor Terry Rogers.

It is expected the work will be completed by late March, when there will be an official unveiling.

It comes just weeks after it was confirmed that Fleetwood businesswoman 
Doreen Lofthouse is donating £1m to spruce up the Mount park, with new railings and planting.

Wyre Council is applying for a heritage Lottery Grant to carry out additional work at the rear of the grounds and on the Mount Pavilion 
itself.

The prestigious Mount crest scheme was made possible thanks to Fleetwood Town Council, which donated £20,000 last year.

Town Council members agreed on the donation after hearing how the Mount Heritage Group, which had formulated the idea for the crest, was finding it hard to get funding for it.

Coun Terry Rogers, chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, said: “We can confirm that the initial groundwork is to begin on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

“If all goes to plan, it will be up and running and officially opened in March.

“The council was keen to support this scheme because it further enhances our seafront.

“We have the best seafront on the Fylde coast and even in the North West, and all the work being done on the promenade can help put Fleetwood on the map and bring even more visitors in.

“By the time this crest is finished, I am hoping they will be able to see it from as far away as Barrow – if they have good binoculars!”

Coun Rogers added that £2,800 of the cash came from Wyre’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood fund, and said the Town Council would get £4,000 back in the next financial year, as it was exempt from paying VAT on the work.

The red, yellow and blue crest installation will measure 16ft by 18ft and feature the word ‘Onward’ as well as two birds, a boat and a Lancashire red rose.

Margaret Lund, of the Mount Heritage Group, said: “Our group started making plans for the crest two years ago, so we’re delighted that work is finally starting. We believe it will really enhance the Mount, which is a focal point of our town.”

In addition to the crest and the other work planned for the Mount, Fleetwood’s seafront is benefiting from the £1.5m Sea Change scheme.

The money for this, which came from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, will see enhancement work in Euston Gardens, a new splash pad and pool, Fleetwood’s first skate park and improvements to the boating lake.