Town Hall in revamp

Fylde town hall at St Annes.
Fylde town hall at St Annes.
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HISTORIC Fylde Town Hall has been given the go ahead for an improvement scheme that would result in the return of its council chamber.

Councillors have approved an extensive revamp of the former hotel in St Annes.

But not all councillors are in favour of the proposals, which would see two small extensions and interior and exterior improvements.

Coun Maxine Chew voted against the application and said: “I’m very disappointed this was the decided site for the town hall. I think what we’ve got here is a cobbled together worst-of-all scenarios. This is part of St Annes’ heritage, it’s an original building, built as a hotel, and it’s been cobbled together ever since it was turned into a town hall.”

Coun Linda Nulty added: “I’m totally against this. I think this is a totally inappropriate building for offices and I’m totally against this refurbishment.”

Fylde Council want to build a first-floor office extension in one corner, a second floor link extension between the town hall and neighbouring Chasley building, as well as replacing windows, roof tiles and altering the Town Hall’s interior.

Concerns were raised about disabled access, with councillors concerned a proposed slope at the side of the building was too steep.

They also requested Fylde Council examine the possibility of installing solar panels, an air-source heat pump and retaining the stained glass windows at the property.