Residents invited to briefing from builders on ERNIE site redevelopment

Demolition at the Heyhouses site, St Annes
Demolition at the Heyhouses site, St Annes
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Demolition is underway on the former Department for Work and Pensions site in St Annes – and local residents are to be given an update on progress to develop the land at a special meeting of ward councillors next week.

Two representatives of the Marcus Worthington Group, the building firm which is developing the site, will be at the meeting at the Fylde Scouts headquarters on Heyhouses Lane next Wednesday from 7pm.

Around 160 new homes are to be built as part of the regeneration of the 18.2 acre site, which will also incorporate a new Booths supermarket, a Joseph Holt pub and large areas of landscaped public spaces, including play provision and a village green.

Marcus Worthington has already announced the green spaces will incorporate references to the random number generator prize scheme ERNIE, which was housed at Heyhouses Lane for 50 years.

The briefing event will precede the monthly Heyhouses ward PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting, which begins at 8pm, and Coun Viv Willder, the St Annes town mayor who represents the ward on both Fylde and St Annes councils, said: “It’s a very welcome opportunity for an update on this very important development and we hope to see plenty of people there.”

Coun Willder will be joined at the meeting by Fylde councillor Barbara Nash and Town Council colleague Vince Settle.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact Coun Willder at or on 07940 213216 and leave a message.