Tank collapse sparks delays for rescuers

The official opening  opening of Rossall Point observation Tower.

The official opening opening of Rossall Point observation Tower.

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Lifesavers conducting rescue operations from Fleetwood’s brand new watch tower are facing delays to operations after their septic tank collapsed.

Rossall Point Observation Tower was demolished in 2011 and re-built to become an award winning piece of architecture rising out of the sand dunes. It boasts educational facilities for children and has a top deck for visitors to take in stunning views along the Fylde coast, but its main occupants are finding the move into their new home “frustrating”.

One of the main reasons behind building the new tower as part of Wyre Council’s £2.1m Sea Change regeneration programme was to provide a better vantage point for members of the National Coastwatch Institution, who occupy the second floor.

Rossall Point was declared open on February 28, but the team were left waiting for the keys to their new home until the beginning of June. And shortly after moving in their septic tank collapsed, which caused their toilets to stop working and water supply to be cut off because of a leak.

Ken Harcombe, a watch manager at the tower, also claims the phone lines are not working.

He said: “It’s two years in September since the old tower closed which is a long time.

“From what I understand there’s no point in carrying on in the tower for now because we can’t do anything.

“There’s no toilets and no water and it’s so isolated there’s no point going to a toilet somewhere else.

“There’s a Portaloo there but others, such as visitors, are using it and it’s always full.

“It’s very frustrating, but people are doing tests to try and find out where it’s leaking from in our brand new tower.”

Wyre Council say the tank should have supported the sand’s weight and are investigating why it collapsed.

A spokeswoman said: “We are working closely with the building contractor Parkinsons to resolve issues with the water supply and hope to have things back up and running as soon as possible.

“We were not aware of a problem with the phone line, which has been installed, however we are looking into this.”