Councillor hits out after beach chalets granted

Wyre Council wants to build 10 new beach chalets in Fleetwood
Wyre Council wants to build 10 new beach chalets in Fleetwood

A Fleetwood councillor has blasted the decision by Wyre planners to approve controversial plans to build 10 new beach chalets in the town.

Wyre Council will now be using remaining cash from the £1.5m Five for Fleetwood scheme to build 10 new chalets at a cost of £150,000 on land in front of the Marine Hall colonnades.

The scheme was overwhelmingly backed by councillors on the planning committee.

But angry Fleetwood Labour councillors and some residents say it is wrong to use any of the Five For Fleetwood cash when some of those of five projects - the new skatepark and pathways at the boating lake - have not yet been finished.

Coun Ruth Duffy, the Wyre Labour leader who unsuccessfully called-in the scheme last year, said: “I am very disappointed by this decision, but not surprised.

“I have several problems with these beach chalets, not only the location but the fact that only 10 families will benefit from them. The council should instead be spending the rest of that money on making the skate facility better than just a simple bowl, and finishing off the new pathways at the boating lake.”

Official objections were also made over flooding risks and the detraction of the local scene.

Wyre Council argues the scheme, which had been recommended by officers for approval, will enhance the seafront and bring revenue to the council, which can then be spent on other worthwhile projects.

In a report, head of planning David Thow said the proposal had no unacceptable impacts on residential amenity, the appearance of the site or streetscene, heritage assets, ecology or flood risk.”

Fleetwood Town Council objected, citing a risk of flooding, a loss of shade and shelter, and saying the huts would be out of place.

Fleetwood Civic Society said demolition of an existing wall would detract from the appearance of the Marine Hall.