Views wanted on lake future

Fairhaven Lake-launch of master plan scheme. Fyllde Borough Council's Darren Bell (left), head of Leisure Services and Paul Drinnan (head of regeneration and tourism).
Fairhaven Lake-launch of master plan scheme. Fyllde Borough Council's Darren Bell (left), head of Leisure Services and Paul Drinnan (head of regeneration and tourism).

HERE’S your chance to have your say on the future of Fairhaven Lake.

Fylde council staff aiming to produce a masterplan to develop the area are eager to hear as many views as possible.

Surveys are being mailed out to residents of the area and can also be filled in online, while the views of interested groups as well as visitors will be sought.

They have until the end of May to tell the council what how they wish to see the Lake and it surroundings develop.

Darren Bell, Fylde Council’s parks manager, said: “It is no good the council deciding on its own without knowing what changes people want to see.

“The lake has always attracted large crowds and the questionnaire will look at why people visit and what will make them come more often.

“Visitors from outside the area will be involved as well as residents and groups such as the Friends of Fairhaven Lake. One condition of any change will be that residents must not suffer nuisance.

“Along with the questionnaire, we plan to hold a focus group of residents.”

Council staff will then draw up their ‘masterplan’ which will form the basis of a further round of public consultation and then be submitted as a cash bid to funding organisations – the same process that was used in the refurbishment of Ashton Gardens.

Mr Bell added: “We’ll be looking at every aspect of activity from boating to possible waterskiing, from tennis to walking, from nature conservation to skateboarding. We expect that the whole process, from this survey to actually finishing the work, will take about 10 years.”