Ups and downs of Prom see-saws

The giant see-saws on the Prom which have been removed.

The giant see-saws on the Prom which have been removed.

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GIANT see-saws which were part of Blackpool’s iconic new Promenade revamp have had to be removed after they were judged unsafe.

Two see-saws were installed last November on the seafront adjacent to the RBLI Lifeboat House as part of the £100m upgrade of the seafront.

They remained fenced off for months and were never opened for public use.

But now they have been removed by council chiefs who said the rides were not up to standard.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture, told The Gazette: “Having seen the see-saws up close, we could not be convinced they would stand up to the heavy usage they would have received on the Promenade.

“Obviously, this is a far from ideal situation. We don’t feel the product supplied was of the standard expected and we will be taking this issue up with the contractors.

“Because of this, a decision was made in the interests of people’s safety, that the see-saws could not be opened to the public. The idea of placing these see-saws on the Promenade was a really popular one. We will now be looking into the possibility of making this plan happen in the future.”

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The 12-metre long see-saws, which were paid for out of Northwest Development Agency funding, were installed around the same time as the 30 metre high blades of illuminated dune grass. Residents have branded the see-saw saga “ludicrous.”

John Garnham, of Marton, said: “If they are not up to standard, it begs the question of why install them in the first place and why was this money wasted? This follows on from several projects which have seen inferior materials used. It’s ludicrous.”

Marilyn Battersby, of Shaftsbury Avenue, Blackpool, added: “I noticed the two see-saws have vanished.

“I understand it is due to a health and safety issue, surely something which should have been looked into at the planning stage. When our council is always stressing how tight budgets are, this seems another waste of public money. I assume these two installations will now be languishing in some council warehouse for ever more.”

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