Campaigners ready to do battle again

Pictured by the proposed site of the new tram substation in Euston Park, Fleetwood, are from left, Anne Stirzaker and Bill Stirzaker  and Tom Norton, chairman, Fleetwood Action Group
Pictured by the proposed site of the new tram substation in Euston Park, Fleetwood, are from left, Anne Stirzaker and Bill Stirzaker and Tom Norton, chairman, Fleetwood Action Group

NEW revisions to controversial plans to build a tram electricity sub-station in a Fleetwood conservation area have still left campaigners angry.

Blackpool Council have come up with new, less intrusive designs for the project in Euston Park and hoped it would pacify those opposing the plans.

But the campaigners say the much-loved park is still the wrong place for the building.

The sub station is vital for the running of the new supertram service at the northerly end of the town.

The plans to put it in Euston Park, near to the listed North Euston Hotel, have twice been rejected by planners but Blackpool Council has come back with its new proposals.

Local people claim other sites have not been properly considered and are preparing to do battle again.

Fleetwood Civic Society chairman Margaret Daniels said: “We don’t want it there, that’s the top and bottom of it. I think there will be a campaign against it.”

Anne Stirzaker, of the Cafe Royal, which is near to the park, said: “Wyre Council has turned down this proposal twice which proves they don’t want it, nobody wants it.

And Tom Norton, chairman of Fleetwood Action Group, said: “I don’t think they’ve made a proper effort to look at other places.

“There will be another campaign, we’re dead against it.”

Previous plans have been for the building to be on the edge of the park running alongside Bold Street.

Now Blackpool Council is proposing turning the building through 90 degrees and replacing a nearby toilet block. The new building would incorporate toilets and have a flat roof.

Blackpool claims it would give more space to the park and would be the only option to get trams running next year.