The tug-of-war between two community groups to develop a dilapidated seaside location looks set to have been won by a Fylde coast civic group after councillors backed its scheme.
Following a meeting at Fylde Town Hall, members of the council’s community focus scrutiny committee gave their support to the Lytham St Annes Civic Society’s £150,000 plans for the former Scruples site on Lytham foreshore.
Councillors backed the low maintenance plans which look to celebrate the history of Lytham Green, the RNLI, shipping and the town’s fishing industry, over a £415,000 sand and water play venture from Park View.
Civic society member Marion Coupe said: “Following a thorough scrutiny of both the proposals, the civic society believe the scrutiny committee reached a fair and informed decision.
“We now hope that cabinet will support this decision.
“The Civic Society’s improvement plan for the area will make the site available to all groups within the community and provide a facility which is inclusive and accessible for residents and visitors of all ages and interests.”
The meeting at Town Hall saw both groups present their proposals to committee members.
Each bid had already been the subject of a public consultation involving 950 Fylde residents, which saw a quarter of people say they felt the site should be left as it is, while an equal number voted in favour of each proposal.
The civic society told how its scheme had the support of Lytham in Bloom to tend to flowerbeds on the site, while the Friends of the Estuary Group pledged to keep it litter free and Ribble Cruising Club would commit to installing CCTV.
Park View 4U bosses were quizzed about the site’s security, as well as the guarantee of 15 jobs it plans to create after its first two years of funding runs out and whether the scheme could be created elsewhere in the town.
Chairman of Park View, Aurelio Arciniega, said its current location on Park View Road had no trouble with vandals, jobs would be sustained in the same way as those at the current site are, and the £415,000 funding offered from the Coastal Communities Fund was given only for a derelict, coastal site.
But after a lengthy debate, the committee passed a motion stating its preferred option was the civic society bid – with the council set to rubber stamp the scheme at the end of the month at a cabinet meeting on March 26.