Picture perfect for Mount’s £1m revamp

The latest restoration work on The Mount railings in Fleetwood.
The latest restoration work on The Mount railings in Fleetwood.

The view from the top of The Mount in Fleetwood can be breathtaking.

And as part of an ongoing £1m renovation project to restore this iconic feature, the Weekly News is teaming up with Wyre Council.

The council wants to celebrate those views, past and present, and is partnering the newspaper to collect photos of people’s favourite scenes.

Readers can send their photos to the email address - communications@wyre.gov.uk – and the best will be featured in the Weekly News and on the council’s social media channels.

The current project sees the seaward side of the Grade II registered gardens being restored to its 19th century design, starting with the return of the cast iron railings that topped the esplanade wall.

Designed to replicate the ornamental pattern of the original Victorian style, the first of the new railings have been installed and work will soon start to repair the pathways, edgings and surfaces.

The council will also be restoring the shelters and adding heritage benches.

Designed by the eminent architect Decimus Burton in the 1800s, The Mount was the original centre point of Fleetwood with the streets of the town radiating out from it.

The scheme has been made possible thanks to a generous donation of £1 million by Doreen Lofthouse, boss of the town’s lozenge maker, Fisherman’s Friend.

In addition to the current restoration project, Wyre is also putting in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, to transform the landward side of the gardens including pavilion, rose garden and gate lodge.

The bid is to be submitted imminently.

A Wyre Council spokeswoman said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund has requested further information about the bid to transform the landward side of the gardens.

“Fleetwood residents can help support the bid by telling us why you visit The Mount and what improvements they’d like to see.”

To do so visit wyre.gov.uk/mountsurvey before February 14.