Bright new outlook for park landmark

Friends of the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens at The Vista viewing point Diane Farley, Coun Christine Wright and Ann Park.
Friends of the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens at The Vista viewing point Diane Farley, Coun Christine Wright and Ann Park.
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A campaign to restore a run down Blackpool landmark to its former glory has been given a £10,000 boost.

Greenlands councillors Christine Wright and Chris Ryan have agreed to donate the cash from their ward budget towards the renovation of The Vista, at Devonshire Road Rock Gardens.

They have already given £2,000 to the scheme, and a bid is being lodged for £5,000 from the Beacon Area Panel.

If that is successful, it will mean the £17,000 needed to carry out the repairs including a new roof, will be in place.

In its heyday, The Vista viewing platform was a popular venue for wedding photographs and with people wanting a panoramic outlook over Blackpool. But in recent times it has fallen into a state of disrepair and was in danger of being demolished until the councillors along with the Friends of Devonshire Road Rock Gardens, stepped in.

Now it is also hoped to protect the structure as part of Blackpool Council’s local listings of historic sites.

Coun Wright said: “We have got the council’s heritage team on board and intend to put together a three-year plan for the Rock Gardens.

“But the first thing is to restore The Vista which hopefully can now be done by the end of the year so we can preserve this community asset.”