Divide over tram ruling

Protesters against the Fleetwood tram electricity sub station
Protesters against the Fleetwood tram electricity sub station

ARGUMENTS over a tram sub-station are continuing to rage after it was given the go-ahead from Wyre Planning Committee.

A divide broke out in the town after two failed attempts were overturned to give Blackpool Council permission to start construction work.

Objectors to the scheme remained bitter over the decision which will see a new building in a conservation area.

But Fleetwood Town Council and Fleetwood Civic Society accepted the latest scheme which will see the demolition of a unsightly toilet block with the toilets incorporated into the new structure.

Bill Stirzaker, who owns the nearby Cafe Royal, said after the planning meeting: “If the people who have decided this can walk past there and put their hands on their hearts and be happy to say they have passed this, I am a monkey’s uncle.”

Chairman of Fleetwood Action Group, Tom Norton, said Blackpool had not had discussions with Fleetwood Bowling club over siting it on club land and that should have been investigated by planning officers.

But Margaret Daniels, chair of the civic society, said: “I think it would have gone though anyway. I think we have got the best deal we could.

“If there had been a more appropriate place we would not have voted for this scheme. We needed to get the best deal we could for Fleetwood.”

In the meeting she said: “We are still unhappy with the plan in a heritage park and conservation area but we concede this plan is an improvement on the previous ones.”

The building should take at least eight months to build and be ready for Easter 2012.