Trust’s cautious welcome for Five for Fleetwood plan

Fleetwood paddling pool under repair in 2013
Fleetwood paddling pool under repair in 2013

Fleetwood Community Trust, which has campaigned to keep Fleetwood’s paddling pool open, has cautiously welcomed plans for the redevelopment of the seafront.

The group formed when Wyre Council announced it was to close the pool in 2012.

They launched a massive campaign and petition, and managed to keep the historic pool open.

And although a water play facility has been incorporated in the Five for Fleetwood plan, revealed in the Weekly News last week, members were still hoping the paddling pool could be retained.

Trust spokesman Bob Boal said: “We very much welcome the plans for the seafront and the £1.5m, but we have our reservations.

“I believe the plans are not set in a tablet of stone, and we have been assured we will be involved in further discussions.

“It came out of the blue that a plan for a water play facility was going to be at the old outdoor baths.

“They are talking about a splashpad which accommodates the tradition of paddling, but that’s not really what we envisaged.”

Norah Stutchfield, also a committee member added: “We are elated that money has been set aside for Fleetwood.

“I am aware that we will be consulted about the plans and we need to know about is the plans for the paddling pool.”

As well as the splashpad, a skatepark will be built on the grassed area nearest The Esplanade.

Sharon Bailey, a member of Fleetwood Skatepark committee, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon 
all the waiting is finally 

“We never gave up hope.

“This is fabulous news, at last our children will have the opportunity to get out and interact, doing something they love and enjoy in their home town – something that belongs to them.”

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.