Lake plans to go on show

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Plans for the £5m revamp of Fairhaven Lake will again go on display at an open day on Monday, November 17, from noon to 6pm.

The RSPB Discovery Centre at the lake will host the event.

Council officers will be on hand to gauge public opinion to suggested changes – and to hear ideas as well.

Fylde Council is preparing a £2m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to revamp the ageing tourist attraction and restore it to its former glory.

The bid for £2m of Lottery cash - the largest single component of the £5m scheme – will be reliant on public support and input and, being a heritage bid, requires Fylde Council to show as much community involvement as possible.

Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council’s leisure chief and interim leader, said: “Thousands, possibly millions, of Lancashire residents have had happy memories of Fairhaven over the past 90 years - but we believe it can be made better.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund cash is essential for the work to go ahead and lottery chiefs ask that we show enthusiasm from the public.”

The council needs to collate as many messages of support and memories of the lake as possible to help with the bid.

Some 329 people left responses on the lake’s first consultation day held last month.

If the bid is successful, work would be carried out at the same time as £17m Environment Agency works improving the sea defences at Fairhaven and Church Scar.

People unable to attend the consultation day can also leave their views online at www.fylde.gov.uk/fairhavenfuture