Detailed plans for a scheme which will transform a Blackpool park and help clean up the resort’s bathing water have been lodged with the council.
United Utilities has submitted a blueprint for the development of a new underground stormwater tank at Anchorsholme Park.
The massive project, which will take until 2020 to complete, will also see new public amenities built including a cafe and bowling club building, landscaping, footpaths, a multi-use games area and children’s playground.
A new access from Princes Way will also be built, along with new walls and fencing and works to beach to allow for connection of marine outfall pipe.
Anchorsholme ward councillor Tony Williams said: “The work on Anchorsholme Park reflects a major financial investment by United Utilities to not only increase capacity of drainage over the whole of Blackpool but to make a huge positive difference to the quality of the sea water on the northern section of the coast.
“It’s a massive piece of engineering which entails constructing a huge holding tank which is more than 30m deep.
“Naturally there has been, and still will be, some disruption and noise during the construction but United Utilities have been extremely responsible in regard to trying their best to keep this to a minimum.
“The extra bonus the local community can expect is a full upgrade of the park which will include a new pavilion and cafe, upgraded sports areas, new tennis courts, a performance area as well as total landscaping.
“While a full set of plans have been submitted for approval, my fellow Anchorsholme ward councillor Paul Galley and I have been very involved with the final design and we continue to listen to our constituents and other park users regarding other feasible suggestions so the plans may need to be modified before finalisation.
“The local residents have been brilliant since the start of the project and most positive thinking locals recognise the betterment that this will bring not just to water quality but to improvements along the coast and a much improved park area.”
United Utilities is funding the scheme as part of a multi-million pound investment to minimise discharges into the sea.
Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member with responsibility for sea water quality, said: “It’s fantastic that all of our bathing waters passed the standards this year but we have to continue to improve.
“We continue to work with our local partners to carry out work that will mean they continue to pass the standards every year and United Utilities’ investment at Anchorsholme Park will not only improve the quality of our sea water in Bispham but it will also have a beneficial effect on Cleveleys as well.
“As well as improving the sea water, United Utilities will return a better park with more features, which will tie in with the soon-to-be completed sea defence works to make the Anchorsholme area much easier for residents to access and enjoy.”