Council hails ‘astounding’ response to Scruples site

Scruples site, Lytham front
Scruples site, Lytham front

A “tremendous” response to the future plans for a dilapidated coastal site has been praised by Fylde Council.

More than 2,200 comments relating to the future of the former Scruples site in Lytham have been received at the Town Hall, an amount hailed as “astounding” by the authority.

Plans for the location, on Lytham foreshore, include a sand and water play area from Lytham’s Park View 4U group, as well as a seating and art scheme, backed by Lytham St Annes Civic Society.

A spokesman for the council said: “We have had a tremendous response. We have had a total of 1,700 responses so far, as well as 504 from a survey a member of the public has conducted, who asked residents which option they would prefer.

“It will take some time for the responses to be compiled, before they are more than likely reviewed by a council scrutiny committee.

“Because it is such a big piece of work, it could be
later this year or early next year before a decision is taken.”

The council had requested public responses into the matter in September, but was forced to extend the deadline for submissions after an overwhelming response from residents.

Earlier in the summer, Fylde Council leader, Coun David Eaves, called the seaside location a prime site for improvement.

He added: “It has been deteriorating in recent years and has looked a bit dilapidated – on what is one of the finest spots on the entire Lancashire coast.

“The question, of course, is what sort of development there should be there.”

A council spokesman said officers were “astounded by Fylde’s sense of civic pride”.

He added: “We will be very careful to reflect on what people have said they want.

“It really has been astounding – one of the largest responses to civic involvement in many, many years.”