£67,000 boost for Fleetwood fun bus plan

A bid has been made to bring a fun bus, like this Club 2 Go Bus run by the Lancashire Boys and Girls Clubs, back to Fleetwood's West View estate.
A bid has been made to bring a fun bus, like this Club 2 Go Bus run by the Lancashire Boys and Girls Clubs, back to Fleetwood's West View estate.

An ambitious £66,975 bid is being made to bring back a popular fun bus to Fleetwood’s West View estate.

The activities bus proved a huge success last year and the year before, with its ability to keep estate youngsters occupied even being cited as a factor in reduced anti-social behaviour and crime.

But the money, initially from Lancashire Police and then from Wyre Council and Regenda, ran out in December.

West View Community Association highlighted the loss in the Weekly News earlier this year, and a number of groups decided to pool together for a cash bid. The application is to Reaching Communities England, a Lottery-assisted initiative which helps communities in need.

The joint bid is being made by housing group Regenda, the West View Residents’ Association, police, Lancashire Boys and Girls Clubs and Tommy’s Club For Young People.

Angie Welch, project manager for Regenda, told the Weekly News: “We have already put in an outline bid, just the first stage, and were unsuccessful.

“However, we have been given a few pointers on how we can address the things needed, and we are putting in another bid shortly.

“If that is accepted, we will then put in the full application.

“The money would pay for use of the vehicle itself, and the staff, for once a week over a five-year period.”

Up to 100 youngsters regularly visited the bus, run by Lancashire Boys and Girls Clubs staff, to take part in activities such as Wii sessions, the chance to watch TV on the bus, a tuck shop and sports games.

Lynn Mosson, chairman of West View Community Association, said: “This bus is badly needed and we just hope our bid can be successful.”