Plans unveiled to combat youth nuisance

Parish councillor Paul Moon
Parish councillor Paul Moon
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A SCHEME to transform unkempt playing fields into a green oasis is a step closer after plans were submitted to the local council.

Land off Lancaster Road in Preesall could be completely overhauled if financial backing is won for the scheme.

And this week the Friends of Preesall Park group submitted plans for play equipment, including a multi-use games area, youth shelters and a BMX track.

The documents also include landscaping, a wetland, internal pathways, picnic area, football pitches and a community orchard.

Parish councillor Philip Orme, who submitted the application, told The Gazette: “The idea formed over the last three years as an action plan to reduce the youth nuisance which had blighted the area.

“We worked closely with Rural Action Youth who were campaigning for better facilities in the village for teenagers.

“It quickly became obvious the improvement of the playing fields would impact all age groups.

“Following a mail drop and community consultation we drafted plans and displayed them on the Preesall Gala field last year.”

Coun Orme said how much of the plan will actually come to fruition will depend on funding secured by the group.

He added: “If we are successful in our fund raising endeavours we see the project developing in four phases.

“Phase one will be a multi-use games area and two youth shelters.

“Phase two will see the football pitches realigned, new goals provided and ball nets installed.

“Phase three will see a wetland swale area and BMX track followed by the provision of exercise trail equipment and a teenage play zone.”

Last year UK councils were given cash from a £235m pot to build play areas in their communities, but Preesall did not make the final cut.

A bid for £49,999 – which would fund the first phase of the scheme – was turned down earlier this year by Lottery bosses.

However the group still hope the playing fields can be transformed into a haven for the community with dedicated fund raising by locals.

Preesall councillor Paul Moon said: “The village is calling out for improved facilities and I would love to see the community benefit from this work.”

The plans will go before Wyre Council’s planning committee at Poulton’s civic centre next month.