Weather delays tower opening

The strking  new  observation tower at Rossall Point, Fleetwood.
The strking new observation tower at Rossall Point, Fleetwood.

BUILDING hold-ups mean the new £600,000 Rossall Point lookout at Fleetwood has still to be opened.

It had been hoped there would be an opening ceremony and naming of the tower in August, but now Wyre Council isn’t able to put a date on when the public will have access.

A Wyre Council spokeswoman said: “The biggest setback to the observation tower has been the inclement weather we’ve experienced this year which delayed the external rendering to the building.

“However, the construction work is now complete and we are progressing internal works including installing signage and artworks.

“We’re also ensuring that the building meets operational needs before it opens to the public.”

As keen as anyone to see the tower open are the volunteers of the Coastwatch service who moved out of the old tower before its demolition in September last year.

Coastwatch deputy manager Dave English, said: “We have new equipment in storage and everybody is itching to get started as soon as we can get in there.”

The new tower is built at an angle to give the impression it is leaning into the prevailing wind.

It is set to become part of a walking and cycling trail between Fleetwood and Cleveleys which will include art works linked to the specially-written children’s book Sea Swallow.