New era dawns for town’s neglected park

Terry Rogers
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Major plans to transform a Fleetwood park as part of a multi-million pound development are today being considered by planning chiefs.

If the proposals are passed, a range of features in Fleetwood’s Memorial Park will be overhauled with the aim of attracting more visitors and raising awareness of the town’s veterans.

The war memorial will be restored, a multi-use games area built and all of the entrances and gardens regenerated in the plans, which are to be paid for by £2.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

Coun Terry Rogers (pictured), a Fleetwood councillor and Wyre Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “It’s an exciting time for us because the revamp will help me with the memorial work I’m doing.

“It will put a lot more emphasis on it being a memorial park and get everything back to its former glory and it’s well supported in Fleetwood.

“We want schools to come on board and talk about remembrance projects, so it’s vital we get this done.”

The park is only one of three registered memorial landscapes in the country and is being used to honour veterans and highlight what they went through to younger generations.

Coun Rogers added: “The park has been rundown over the years but we have turned around what was 200 people to 2,500 attending on Remembrance Sunday.

“It will be more than well supported when it’s finished.

“At the moment it’s not a very inviting place to go to because it is susceptible to anti social behaviour and that’s why people stay away.

“But once the gates are up and it has been revamped I’m sure a lot more people will be visiting it on a daily basis.”

Les Fletcher, chairman of Fleetwood Memorial Park, added: “Once the park is improved and comes to fruition it will be a big help for Fleetwood.”