Public has its say on £18m sports park

AFC Fylde Stadium plans
AFC Fylde Stadium plans

Fylde residents have had their say on ambitious plans to create a multi-million sports and science park which could bring 200 new jobs to the borough.

The team behind the proposed development of a 32-acre site off junction three of the M55 at Kirkham has begun consulting the public on the plan.

Local councillors were among visitors to two open meetings held at Escape in Kirkham and Wesham Community Centre.

Around 100 people attended the two events. They were able to ask questions, give their comments on the scheme and view a scale model of the development.

The man behind the plans, AFC Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite, said he hoped many more people would give their thoughts on the scheme.

He added: “We want to hear everyone’s views on our plans, it is important for us as we move the development forward. We will listen to what the community has to say.

“The overall response at the two meetings we have held has been positive, people can see what we are trying to do and the economic benefits the scheme will bring to the local area.

“Our message to people is that this is a well-thought out, considered scheme that will boost the economy and create fantastic community and educational facilities.”

Proposals for the site include a large indoor sports science building providing a range of educational and sporting activities for local schoolchildren.

There will also be a number of state-of-the-art all weather pitches for community use, including full-size floodlit football pitch with a 3G surface.

The development includes a foodstore, a distribution centre with associated office space, a 63-bed hotel, petrol station and a pub.

A new AFC Fylde stadium would have a 6,000 capacity and include a modern 2,000 all-seater main stand with supporters’ bar, executive boxes and a function room.