Green light for revamps

Jean Stansfield Memorial Park in Poulton has opened a new toddler play area.
Jean Stansfield Memorial Park in Poulton has opened a new toddler play area.
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Thousands of pounds will be given to community leaders for the second year running to help revamp Wyre towns.

Each area included in Wyre Council’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood scheme will receive a £10,000 cash injection to boost community groups, parks and streets.

Last year, projects were carried out across all of Wyre’s selected areas – Thornton, Cleveleys, Fleetwood, Poulton, Rural East and Rural West – including opening a new play area at Jean Stansfield Memorial Park in Poulton, installing a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Cleveleys and improving roads across the borough.

Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, said: “Councillors in those areas will look at what is needed.

“It was very successful last year and now we are trying to build on that and see how it goes.

“We don’t just want this to be about the money, we want it to be about the priorities in the area and making sure our services fulfil those priorities.”

The plans to give councillors the money over 2014 and 2015 were approved by the authority’s cabinet to continue the work already completed in Wyre.

Money will also come from other resources and the amount will be finalised when the projects are announced.

Coun David Henderson, lead member for Poulton’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood scheme, secured £65,000 to install a new toddler’s play area at Jean Stansfield Memorial Park, on Vicarage Road, last year.

He said: “The £65,000 that was first made available was put to excellent use to further enhance the park and that has proved to be a fantastic use of money for the benefit of people in Poulton.

“The further £10,000 will be very carefully looked at and I will be consulting with the other Poulton councillors as the best way to make use of the money.

“It may be used to enhance open spaces, which is a very good use of the money because they are used by all residents of Poulton, but we will have to sit down and discuss how best to use it.”

Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins, lead member for Rural East, which includes Garstang, added: “A number of projects have got off the ground and received funding, so it’s been excellent for the area.

“A new car park has been built at Garstang and that really has made a difference to the community.”