£200k sport and Scout plan

Lytham Town/ Fylde Scouts new clubhouse
Lytham Town/ Fylde Scouts new clubhouse
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An ambitious plan to build a £200,000 community centre for football players and Scouts has been passed by council planners.

More than 18 months since it was first revealed Lytham Town and Lytham Juniors Football Club, alongside Fylde Scouts, were to lodge a bid for a purpose-built facility in Lytham, the scheme was passed by Fylde Council.

The new centre, based on Ballam Road, is expected to replace the 8th Lytham St Annes Scout hut site in Haven Road, Lytham.

Plans were submitted to the council in October and include a Scout hall and modern facilities for the football club, including two changing rooms, showers, a clubhouse and referees’ changing areas.

If funding is approved, it is hoped building work will start later this year.

Speaking when the application was put forward, Geoff Currie (left), a member of Fylde District Scouts, which is helping to manage the project, said: “It can only be a good thing the Scouts are working with the football club to build something for the benefit of the community.”

The new centre has been designed by Manchester-based company the Ratcliffe Groves Partnership with plans submitted by Lytham-based developers Windmill Oaks Limited.

John Williams, who works for both Lytham Town and Lytham Juniors as development officer, said the new facility would be a vast improvement on its current set-up.

He added: “Our changing rooms are in a state of disrepair. I am having to mop the changing rooms up before games if it rains heavily.”

Rob Clewes, planning officer at Fylde Council, added: “The approval of the project was delegated to planning officers. There was no request for the council to meet on it.

“It is one of those where a lot of people see the benefit of the facilities.”

The 8th Lytham St Annes group is one of 10 Scout groups in the Fylde District.

Its official headquarters was launched in 2012 in Heyhouses Lane, St Annes, after a fire destroyed it in July 2010.

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