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Work to construct a state-of-the-art water feature on Fleetwood’s seafront is due to start .

As part of the £1.5m Five for Fleetwood project, a splash pad with a paddling area and exciting water features has been designed to enhance leisure facilities along the beach and promenade.

Contractors are due to be appointed and work to transform the old outdoor pool 
area into a new, modern water play area, is expected to be 
under way in the next few weeks.

It heralds a positive start to the new year for Fleetwood and campaigners who have worked behind the scenes to help bring the facility to Fleetwood are pleased that work will finally begin.

The water play facility is just one element of a much wider scheme which will completely transform Fleetwood’s seafront, bring much-needed facilities to the town, in turn, enhancing tourism.

A Wyre Council email to Norah Stutchfield, of Fleetwood Community Trust, says the contractor responsible for the cafe and water park is 
due to start work in January and completion of the water park is scheduled for May 2015.

It does mean the old historic paddling pool, which campaigners desperately tried to save, will be filled in to make way for a new play park.

Norah Stutchfield, who spearheaded a campaign to stop the historic paddling pool from being closed three years ago said: “It’s good news and I am pleased they are starting work on it.

“It will be quite exciting to see the results when finished.

“The paddling pool has been a part of cherished community life for decades and it will be a sad loss.

“However there has been a compromise and a paddling area will be incorporated in the new splash area.”

Bob Boal, of Fleetwood Community Trust added: “We are pleased that work will start soon.