Dismay at plans to put water pumps above ground in park

New plans for Anchorsholme pumping station

New plans for Anchorsholme pumping station

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Changes to plans for a new pumping station at Anchorsholme Park have angered residents, ward councillors warned today.

A revised planning application from United Utilities is due to go before Blackpool’s planning committee next month.

Anchorsholme councillor Paul Galley said: “We arranged meetings with residents and agreed finished design plans offered by United Utilities in regard to how they would re-establish the park once their work was finished in 2020.

“These agreed plans included wooden timber fencing and gabian walls to be in keeping with a park setting and the pump motors to be hidden below ground.

“Instead we are seeing the pump motors being installed above ground level and steel railings instead of the timber we were promised and the gabian walls replaced with crib walls.”

But a spokesman for United Utilities said it had consulted widely on the proposals which it believed were “well received”.

He added: “By changing the layout of the building we’ve been able to reduce the area of hard standing and increase the green space for the public.

“The pump motors will not be visible, they will be housed inside the building.

“The metal railings will be longer lasting and easier to maintain than wooden fencing, although we have retained some wooden posts in the landscaping.

“The gabian walls that were originally proposed are prone to vandalism unfortunately and they can pose a safety risk if climbed on.

“As well as the ongoing improvements to the bathing waters, our aim is to leave an improved park area, including a new cafe for the community to enjoy.”

The new pumping station is part of investment in infrastructure across Blackpool to improve the quality of the bathing water.

Read more about the Anchorsholme scheme here

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