Updated plans will ‘enhance’ resort park

Anchorsholme Park

Anchorsholme Park

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Water company bosses have submitted revised plans for their development of a Blackpool park.

A pumping station at 
Anchorsholme Park will now be located above ground level in order to reduce the risk of flooding.

But United Utilities, which submitted the application as part of wide-scale investment in improving sea water quality, says the revised scheme will take up less land within the park.

Steve Wong, from United Utilities, said the first part of the project, involving the construction of a new underground storm water storage tank with an above ground control building, was now operational.

He added: “A second 
application, submitted in November 2015, for the new pumping station, above ground control building, and redevelopment of the park was approved in April 2016.

“Following development of the design by our design and build contractor we have 
resubmitted a revised application to Blackpool in January 2017. This include a larger UU building, with a reduced land take.

“The application also includes revised designs for the cafe, and confirms the sports area, footpath routes etc.

“There have been many public consultations over the life of this project, the most recent in October 2016 showed the proposed detailed changes to the proposal.

“Once the work is finished, we will re-landscape the park and create the range of recreational facilities as approved by Blackpool Council in our original planning consent.

“This work will enhance the area in conjunction with the recently completed sea defences.

“The new station and outfall will further reduce the impact of stormwater on the bathing waters in the area.”

Anchorsholme councillor Paul Galley said: “Local people have had to put up with so much disruption, from banging to road closures, and they deserve the best park when the work is completed.

“We have lobbied hard to make sure they are getting the best deal and that United Utilities deliver the promised cafe, the four sport areas including zip wire and trim trail, the bowling club, the new play area, ampitheatre, toilets as well as the correct coloured paving.

“We will not settle for second best and between now and the completion of construction, we’ll make sure what has been promised by United Utilities is exactly what is delivered.”