Big spring makeover at the park

Lansdowne Road Playing Field, Ansdell.
Lansdowne Road Playing Field, Ansdell.
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A RUN-down Fylde coast park is set for a £55,000 makeover.

Lansdowne Road play area, close to Ansdell Primary School, Ansdell, will be refurbished to include new children’s play equipment, safety surfacing, fencing and landscaping.

Members of Fylde Council’s cabinet added the fully-funded scheme to its capital programme for 2013/14, with work expected to start some time in April.

Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde council portfolio holder for leisure and tourism said: “The Friends of Lansdowne Park group worked very hard to raise this funding.

“The aim of the project is to provide new more challenging equipment and refurbish facilities.”

The £55,000 plan has been funded by the local strategic partnership, the Lancashire Environment Fund and around £6,500 from the friends’ group.

In a report to cabinet members, council officer Mark Wilde explained the need for the new equipment.

He said: “The current play facilities on the site are in poor condition and provide minimum play value, limited and uninspiring to young people and families.”

Although it was considered that workers at Fylde Council would assist in building the play equipment and helping with the landscaping of the site, the council report added that specialist contractors would be needed instead.

It has been recommended that Wicksteed Ltd, which has been supplying play area equipment across the UK for more than 90 years, be given the contract to refurbish the park area.

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