Have your say on park’s revamp

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Have your say

Parts of a popular park are set to close next year for major drainage works – and now the team behind the project wants residents’ views on how it should look when work is complete.

From January next year, sections of Anchorsholme Park will be closed to allow engineers from United Utilities to carry out a project aimed at improving bathing water quality on the Fylde coast.

Coun Graham Cain

Coun Graham Cain

But before the main phases of work start, United Utilities want to hear views from people on how the park should look once it has finished.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “In order to keep Blackpool’s bathing water clean and therefore sustain our local tourist jobs, the work under the park is really important.

“This is a great chance for locals and park users to come and find out about the work, as well as have their say on how it should look once United Utilities have finished the work.”

Since 2010, United Utilities has invested £200m in the region, but with new bathing water laws from Europe coming into force next year, a further investment by the water company was needed.

Steve Wong from United Utilities said: “It’s clear that our work over the next few years is going to cause disruption within the park.

“With this in mind we want to share our plans with the community who use this park on a daily basis and to listen to any ideas they may have.”

On Monday, representatives from United Utilities, Blackpool Council and environmental charity Groundwork will be at the park from 11am to 3pm to hear your views.