Rallying jobs cry from council

Rossall's sea wall development should create jobs for Fleetwood residents
Rossall's sea wall development should create jobs for Fleetwood residents

A non-political committee should be set up to maximise the job opportunities now available in Wyre.

This is the aim of Coun Alan Marsh, chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, who is calling on community leaders to ensure all potential job prospects are grabbed with both hands.

Coun Marsh urged councillors to use their “best endeavours” to help residents make the most of employment opportunities.

These could come from developments including the building of a hotel on the former site of Fleetwood Pier, the Sea Defences scheme in Anchorsholme and Rossall, and work on the Orient building in Fleetwood.

Coun Marsh said: “The opportunities are once in a decade. We can put pressure on the contractors of the sea wall because we need to make sure people are trained for the jobs.

“If we start with a committee that’s non-political – just a group of people who have the authority to talk to developers – to try and reach an agreement on these issues, we can move it forward.”

The decision to approve plans for a new hotel in Fleetwood was controversial and preceded by protests at the site.

Coun Marsh added: “It should now be drawn to a close because it’s been approved. We need to try and ensure a lot of people are involved in its construction and service jobs that come after it.”

Coun Gordon McCann economy portfolio holder at Wyre Council, added: “I support any initiative that would increase job opportunities.”