Collapsed septic tank stops Coastwatch team moving to tower

Members of Fleetwood Coastwatch at the new rossall Point tower. From left: Steve Scholes, Ken Harcombe and John Bradford.
Members of Fleetwood Coastwatch at the new rossall Point tower. From left: Steve Scholes, Ken Harcombe and John Bradford.

A collapsed septic tank has prevented lifesaving volunteers moving into Fleetwood’s Rossall Point tower.

The old tower was demolished in 2011 and re-built to become an award-winning piece of architecture.

It boasts facilities for children and has a top deck for visitors to take in stunning views across the Fylde coast, but its main occupants are finding the move into their new home “frustrating”.

One of the main reasons behind building the new tower as part of Wyre Council’s £2.1m Sea Change regeneration programme was to provide a better vantage point for the National Coastwatch Institution, which occupies the second floor.

Rossall Point was declared open on February 28, but the team were left waiting for the keys to their new home until the beginning of June.

And shortly after moving in the septic tank collapsed, causing the toilets to stop working and water supply to be cut off because of a leak.

Ken Harcombe, a watch manager at the tower, also claims the phone lines are not working.

He said: “It’s two years in September since the old tower closed which is a long time.

“From what I understand there’s no point in carrying on because we can’t do anything.

“There’s no toilets and no water and it’s so isolated there’s no point going to a toilet somewhere else. There’s a Portaloo there but others are using it and it’s always full.

“It’s very frustrating, but people are doing tests to try and find out where it’s leaking from in our brand new tower.”

Wyre Council said the tank should have supported the sand’s weight and is investigating why the tank collapsed.

A spokeswoman said: “We are working closely with building contractor Parkinsons to resolve issues with the water supply and hope to have things up and running as soon as possible.

“We were not aware of a problem with the phone line, we are looking into this.”