£1m family donation funds Mount facelift

Mount Pavilion
Mount Pavilion
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One of Fleetwood’s best known features is set for a facelift thanks to a £1m donation.

Plans are now under way to restore the Mount to its former glory following the generous gift from the Lofthouse family.

The Grade II registered garden was designed by eminent architect and landscape designer Decimus Burton in the 1800s.

Features that make it a much-loved attraction include sweeping views of both Morecambe Bay and the town, a rose garden and rockeries.

The pavilion perched on top of the hill is also Grade II registered and, although empty for some time, it is slowly being brought back into use.

Arts organisation LeftCoast is currently operating the building as a community studio with free Saturday afternoon activities such as drama workshops, storytelling and craft sessions.

The gate lodges are also re-opening shortly as a tea room.

At its next meeting on February 18, Wyre Council’s cabinet will consider the proposals to carry out restoration work in two phases.

The first will involve restoring the railings, shelters and landscaping to the seaward side of the Mount.

Work should start in the autumn following public consultation during the next few months.

Phase two will be to seek Heritage Lottery funding to restore the Pavilion, gate lodge, rose gardens and landscaping of the landward 

This bid will be submitted in August and being able to demonstrate community use will be part of the criteria.

Coun Vivien Taylor (pictured), cabinet member with responsibility for parks at Wyre Council, said: “Once again we are indebted to the Lofthouse family.

“Thanks to their generosity we can breathe new life into this iconic piece of Fleetwood’s past.”

“Enthusiasm for the project is already very clear after just one planning session with community groups and to stoke that interest we’re currently considering a number of events for the summer that will get more people using the grounds before work starts.”

This is the latest scheme of a wider project to improve areas across Fleetwood’s seafront.

Work has already started on upgrading marine lakes, restoring Euston Park (another Decimus Burton legacy) and building a new water play area.