‘Site should stay in keeping with the area’

Lytham St Annes Civic Society Scruples site plans
Lytham St Annes Civic Society Scruples site plans
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As Park View held its open day, the Lytham St Annes Civic Society revealed its plan for the Scruples site, arguing any design should reflect the town’s heritage and location.

The society, which has already promised £10,000 to re-develop the site, said its design, pictured, will remain low to maintain views towards the Ribble Estuary.

Marion Coupe, chairman of the Lytham St Annes Civic Society, said: “Lytham Green is a distinctive landscape, backed by the houses of West Beach and East Beach and with wide open views to the south across the Ribble Estuary.

“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.”

Plans include a low-level paved area, timber seats, artwork to enhance the character of the scheme and a raised planting area.

The society hopes to create a theme for the site, with possibilities including an explanation of the site’s mussel history, a look at the Ribble Estuary’s wildlife and environment or an opportunity for bespoke artwork in paving and as a sculpture.

Council extends deadline for consultation

Fylde Council has reacted to residents’ views and opinions for the Scruples site by extending its consultation period into ideas for the area.

The consultation period was scheduled to end on September 12, but as a result of the high level of interest from residents and requests to allow more time to voice their opinions, the council has extended the consultation phase until September 30.

Coun Sue Fazackerley, cabinet member for leisure and culture said: “The response to the request for ideas and suggestions has been fantastic with more than 400 people getting involved.

“After consultation with the ward councillors we felt it only appropriate to allow the extra period of consultation that had been requested by several individuals and community groups. We are delighted that so many people have taken an interest in the site sharing a wide variety of ideas and opinions.”

Anyone interested in submitting their views or ideas for the site should visit the website www.fylde.gov.uk and click on the front page link titled ‘Scruples consultation’ or write to the Town Hall with the title ‘Scruples Consultation’.