New vision for eyesore

A graphic showing how the transformation of the ICI site will be carried out
A graphic showing how the transformation of the ICI site will be carried out

THIS is the first look at a 15-year vision to transform a former Wyre industrial site into a country park.

Site owners NPL Estates, are working with Global Renewables and Lancashire County Council to restore the area. A planning application is expected to be submitted to Wyre Council next month.

NPL development director Arran Cameron said the site was the equivalent of 100 football pitches.

He said: “This project will open up a large site which has been fenced for decades and provide an amenity area for local residents and visitors.

“Due to its sheer size, it will take about 15 years to complete, but a phased restoration programme will allow areas to be released for public access on an ongoing basis. At the moment we are working through the Environmental Impact Assessment process before finalising the drawings.

“We have carried out neighbourhood consultation through local forums, leaflet drops and posters being displayed at Stanah country park and local libraries.”

The park will be designed with a mosaic of wildlife habitats including areas of woodland, grassland, reed beds and open ground.

It will be accessible via a new public footpath which will connect to the existing Wyre Way coastal footpath and allow access between the Wyre Estuary Country Park and Fleetwood Marsh Nature Park.

Rossall Residents’ Association chairman Jane Littlewood said: “This country park will offer a great place for locals to go and spend the day. We will never say no to green space, I think this is a fantastic way to use the space, it is really good news for Wyre.”