Park View team reveal Scruples site proposals

Park View Scruples site plans in Lytham foreshore
Park View Scruples site plans in Lytham foreshore

The team behind a proposed sand and water play centre on Lytham foreshore have hailed their bold plans to revamp a dilapidated site.

Earlier this week, Park View finally revealed its vision for the former Scruples site based on the town’s coastline.

Featuring sand and water play areas and climbing frames, as well as seating and a kiosk, Park View chairman, Aurelio Arcinega, said the £415,000 scheme would be a great boost for the town.

He added: “We are delighted with the design, it is imaginative, educational and fun.

“The public of Lytham have helped choose the various elements of the design.

“We have listened to their feedback and worked with Sutcliffe Play (the planners) to come up with a design perfect for the site.

“Our aim is to bring laughter learning and life back to Lytham’s foreshore.”

Julie Norman park ranger added: “The educational play value of sand and water is vital for young children as it helps them to develop skills for life, from problem solving and hand/eye co-ordination to manipulating the muscles required for writing.”

As well as Park View’s plans for the site, the Lytham St Annes Civic Society hope to build an art and seating area, which it feels is more in keeping with the feel of the area.

Marion Coupe, chairman of the Lytham St Annes Civic Society, said: “Lytham Green is a distinctive landscape.

“It contains the iconic Lytham Windmill which, with the adjacent Lifeboat station, provides a prominent focal point which needs to be respected in any re-development proposal.

“In view of this the design proposals are kept low, maintaining views across the promenade and the estuary.”

Both bids were the subject of public consultation which ended in October, with more than 2,200 responses received by Fylde Council.

A decision regarding the preferred option for the site has yet to be revealed.