OPEN GOLF: Green option for parking

The area to the the top of this picture of Lytham Green may be used as Open Golf parking
The area to the the top of this picture of Lytham Green may be used as Open Golf parking

RECORD-breaking wet weather has led to the possibility of additional parts of Lytham Green being used as car parking for the Open Golf.

The Green, between the walled ‘triangle’ at Fairlawn Road and Charlie’s Mast, opposite the Clifton Arms Hotel, will only be used as a last-option contingency if other parking areas become unavailable due to the weather.

The original contingency was for the ‘triangle’ and the nearby YMCA sports field to be used.

Poor weather has meant these sites will now need to be used, with additional parking on the Green now a last-option contingency.

A letter outlining the possibility is being delivered to residents close to the Green, members of Lytham Business Partnership and voluntary organisations in Lytham.

Allan Oldfield, Fylde Council’s chief executive, said: “A number of major events have experienced cancellations and traffic problems because of the unusually wet weather.

“We don’t want to be turning people away from The Open because of a lack of suitable car parking. Additional parking on the Green will only be used as a last resort once all other car parking spaces have been exhausted.

“In the event that the Green is used and there is any damage it will be fully reinstated by competition organisers The R&A.”

Meanwhile, there is just a week to go to the first competitive ball being struck, as the Open returns to Royal Lytham and St Annes after an 11-year absence and preparations are practically complete.

The first spectators will be heading for the course on Sunday as practice begins, four days ahead of the start of the tournament proper, and a raft of parking and waiting restrictions will be in force.

But despite the traffic changes, traders stress that it is very much business as usual and are hoping for a lucrative share of the £90m the tournament is expected to generate for the region.