Chief’s ‘green’ pledge

Aland Oldfield, new Chief Executive of Fylde Council

Aland Oldfield, new Chief Executive of Fylde Council

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FYLDE Council’s new boss has outlined a number of key objectives for the borough – including striving to keep it ‘green’.

Alan Oldfield, who takes over as Chief Executive on January 1, said protecting Fylde’s countryside was important.

His pledge comes as a second planning inquiry into developer Kensington’s plans – opposed by the council – for around 1,150 new homes on land off the Queensway, St Annes, is due to start at Lowther Pavilion on January 10.

“In Fylde, in particular, we need to preserve our green space, but at the same time we have a big issue about affordable housing in this borough and lots of long term residents have seen their siblings grow up and they can’t afford to live in the community,” said Mr Oldfield.

He added: “There’s the Queensway appeal, which is an issue for us locally – is it the right volume of houses?”

And he welcomed the continuing work taking place in the borough’s parks and the developments with community groups, saying: “I think there are seven or eight now who are following the model of ParkView4U at Lytham.”

Full interview in this week’s Express.