‘BUY a roof slate and help save a much-loved landmark.’
That is the rallying cry from campaigners hoping to restore The Vista at Devonshire Road Rock Gardens.
The viewing platform was once a popular venue for wedding photographs and with people wanting a panoramic outlook over Blackpool.
But in recent times it has fallen into a state of disrepair and was in danger of being demolished until Greenlands ward councillors Christine Wright and Chris Ryan stepped in.
They have already pledged £2,000 from their ward budget towards repairs, including a new roof, but need to raise a total of around £17,000.
One suggestion is to sell individual roof slates to benefactors.
Coun Wright said: “We have had some quotes and we are talking about around £17,000 to refurbish The Vista.
“One idea we have come up with is a ‘buy a slate’ scheme, looking at something like £5 a slate, so in theory everyone could contribute.
“We have now formed a partnership of key players in the area that could make a difference.
“We are also interested in hearing from anyone who had their wedding photographs taken there, for a future display, because it was once a really popular spot for wedding couples.”
The councillors are also hoping to launch regular clean-up days at the rock gardens starting in the spring, in order to keep the area tidy.
Coun Wright added: “We are very hopeful we can get The Vista restored and ensure it comes back into use once again.”
The threat of demolition has been lifted from the landmark for the time being, and Coun Wright is hoping to speak to the council’s heritage chiefs about the future of the building.
Campaigners, who include members of the Friends of the Devonshire Road Rock Gardens, first highlighted the declining state of the shelter, which has also been targeted with graffiti, last July.
Anyone who can help, or who has wedding photographs which could be included in the proposed display, is asked to contact Coun Wright on 07779 817271.