First glimpse of plans for park

United Utilities reveal plans for the new look park in Anchorsholme.  Landscape architect for UU Debbie Taylor with local resident Julie Nash.

United Utilities reveal plans for the new look park in Anchorsholme. Landscape architect for UU Debbie Taylor with local resident Julie Nash.

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This is the first look at what a busy Blackpool park could soon look like.

Plans for a redeveloped Anchorsholme Park went on display to residents on Tuesday, with Gazette readers now getting a look in too.

United Utilities, which is funding the work as part of the creation of a major new underground stormwater tank and associated machinery, is promising a “park that people can be proud of.”

Hundreds of residents attended a consultation event at Anchorsholme Park Bowling and Social Club to learn about the project and see initial proposals.

United Utilities is working at the park until 2019, to create a major new underground stormwater tank and associated machinery.

The tank will reduce sewer spills and become one of the town’s ‘secret weapons’ in the drive to improve bathing water quality.

Once the work is finished, the water company will re-landscape the park and create a range of recreational facilities.

Steve Wong, United Utilities stakeholder manager, said: “We were really pleased with the turnout.

“More than 150 residents took the opportunity to come along and find out more about the plans for the new look Anchorsholme Park.

“The response was very positive, and we’ll be using the feedback and suggestions to help refine our plans.

“The work taking place in the park is essential to improve bathing water quality.

“Once the cranes and bulldozers have left, we intend to hand back a fantastic park that people can be proud of.”

For more information about the Anchorsholme project, visit: www.unitedutilities.com/anchorsholme-park