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Councillors Paul Treece Birch, Lorraine Beavers, Christine Smith and Emma Anderton celebrate news that Fleetwood is to get exciting new attractions.

Councillors Paul Treece Birch, Lorraine Beavers, Christine Smith and Emma Anderton celebrate news that Fleetwood is to get exciting new attractions.

A skatepark and a children’s splash pad area will be built as part of a £1.5m grant, The Weekly News can reveal.

The seafront will see its biggest transformation in recent history, with exciting new leisure zones and attractions dubbed ‘Five for Fleetwood’.

As well as the much wanted skatepark and water play facility, the new leisure zones will also see an extended play area equipped for disabled children, pleasure boats on the Marine Lake and an ecology zone.

The money, from the Coastal Communities Fund, will be split between a number of building projects, an events programme that will draw people to the area and support and training for tourism businesses so they are primed to take advantage of the new attractions. The building side of the programme – Five for Fleetwood – will concentrate on five zones, Euston Park; Promenade; Leisure Hub; Marine Lake and Ecology zone.

Coun Peter Gibson, Leader of Wyre Council, said: “Now that we can shout more publicly about our plans, I hope the whole of Fleetwood and everyone else with an interest in Wyre’s coastline, will get firmly behind them.

“Things are falling into place for this gem of a seaside town and we can finally complete the vision we started in the Seafront Masterplan.”

The leisure hub is where the big changes will take place.

Stretching between the pier site and the sports centre, this space will be opened up even further and new facilities for all ages added to create a family atmosphere.

The skatepark will be built on the grassed area nearest The Esplanade and a larger play area will be constructed where the paddling pool is - incorporating equipment for disabled children too.

A ‘splash pad’ will be constructed in front of the leisure centre where the old outdoor pool used to be.

It will have water jets for children to play in, fountains, a non-slip surface and a paddling area.

As soon as the council has a design they will meet members of the Fleetwood Communuty Trust for feedback. Work will start as soon as possible and elements will be completed from summer 2015. The paddling pool will be open during the 2014 season.

 
 
 

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