Scouts on move to new £150,000 hut

The scout hut
The scout hut

NEGOTIATIONS are taking place for a new scout hut in Lytham.

But Booths supermarket in the town want to expand their car park - next to the hut - and talks are continuing with the company who have offered to pay for the new premises on Ballam Road, at a cost thought to be in the region of £150,000.

The hut was originally planned to be built adjoining Lytham CE Primary School.

However plans were rejected due to a lack of space,

Maurita Kirkham, of the Fylde Scouts, told the Express: “It’s far too early to be getting excited at the moment.

“There are a lot of negotiations still to take place with all those involved.

“But if it does go ahead, then it will be amazing news for everyone.”

She explained: “Booths would like to expand their car park and negotiations are going on.

“ They are looking to build the scouts a new hut.

“We are still, from what I have heard, in the middle of negotiations.

“If all goes to plan, and so far everybody is pretty happy, there are just a few more Is to dot and Ts to cross.

“We are just not quite in a position to say this is what’s going to happen.

“There are a few more questions that need to be answered.

“But in the end it will be win win for everyone.

“Booths are getting an expanded car park, so they will be happy, the scouts will get a brand new facility and they will be happy and the school will get an additional facility where they can run more school activities, so they will be very happy.

“So it is all very positive.

“The scouts and Booths are working together and it is all hopefully happening very soon.”

Fylde councillor Richard Coun Fulford Brown, a governor at Lytham CE Primary School, said: “We are reasonably happy with this outcome, as now the hut will not take up any of the school land.”

The 8th Lytham St Annes group is one of 10 scout groups in the Fylde Distirct, whose headquarters on Heyhouses Lane, St Annes, were destroyed by a major blaze last July.

A public appeal has been launched to raise £100,000 to build a new one and £72,000 has been raised so far.

The 8th group’s hut itself was badly damaged in an arson attack when youngsters set fire to the building several years ago.