Arson attacks spark new plea

Derelict buildings at the former Fylde Farm site, off Normoss Road, Poulton
Derelict buildings at the former Fylde Farm site, off Normoss Road, Poulton
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IT is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt on disused farm land, worried Poulton residents warned again today .

Two fires started on the former Fylde Farm site between Normoss and Highcross on Wednesday today sparked new safety fears from residents and councillors.

A meeting held at Wyre Borough Council yesterday attempted to speed up a process to demolish the derelict buildings and grant planning permission for a housing development.

Coun Barry Birch, for Highcross ward, said: “As a local councillor I’m very concerned about safety aspects on the land.

“With the summer holidays approaching I want to stress to parents how dangerous this site is.

“I have a lot of sympathy for residents in the area too.”

Residents whose houses overlook the land say that it has become an eyesore and is also a threat to the value of their properties.

Terry Seddon, of Sefton Avenue, said: “It’s time the place was pulled down. The sooner the better.

“There have been a lot of fires, vandalism and vagrants on the land. I worry there’s a possibility of vermin next.”

Neighbour Sylvia Houldsworth said: “It’s just an eyesore. But my main concern is that someone’s going to get hurt up there.”

Fire crews were called out to the separate incidents within an hour of each other on Wednesday, adding to the total of more than 10 arson attacks there in recent years.