New public garden plans put forward

Anchorsholme councillors Paul Galley and Tony Williams

Anchorsholme councillors Paul Galley and Tony Williams

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PROPOSALS have been put forward for a new public garden in a Blackpool suburb.

Residents in Anchorsholme could soon be enjoying the new garden as part of plans to redevelop outdoor facilities in the area.

Anchorsholme councillors Paul Galley and Tony Williams have put forward the plans following the successful installation of two similar gardens earlier this year.

Street lights will be installed along a connecting alleyway from Idlewood Place as part of the improvements, while a new bus shelter will also be put in place.

The new garden will be built on what is currently a grass verge along Sevenoaks Drive, next to the well used bus stop.

Coun Galley and Coun Williams are using £3,000 of their ward budget to pay for the shelter, while the garden could cost up to £4,000.

Coun Galley said: “Everybody’s very excited about it because we’ve delivered on previous projects.

“The aim is to try and get people to use them as focal points and as a long term investment in shaping the area.”

“The initial plan for the garden will be to build another rockery garden similar to the one we built at Luton Road and Anchorsholme Lane.

“Because of its height a greater number of people will be able to see the new garden from different points on Sevenoaks Avenue.

“The key part of this project is connecting people to public transport, which is why we have lobbied so hard to get the street lights installed in the alleyway as so many people use this alleyway to reach the bus stop.

“We then want the rockery to make the area look great and anyone waiting for a bus to be protected from the elements with a new shelter.”

The new shelter will be served by Blackpool Transport’s number nine bus route.

The two councillors are aiming to have the shelter and garden built and installed by spring 2013 and will now consult with residents on the plans.

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