Improvements being looked at for Fleetwood seafront - and views from the public wanted

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Big plans for Fleetwood seafront are being drawn up – and the views of the public are being sought.

A consultation is being launched to seek the public’s views on ideas to enhance some of Fleetwood’s key seafront facilities.

The consultation will consider what is currently being offered at Fleetwood’s Leisure Centre and neighbouring outdoor space, as well as look at options for changing the operating model at the Marine Hall.

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Feedback will be used to create a regeneration project proposal that will be ready to go if the Government’s Levelling Up Fund Round 3 is announced.

There is a chance to your say on the future of Fleetwood seafrontThere is a chance to your say on the future of Fleetwood seafront
There is a chance to your say on the future of Fleetwood seafront

What ideas are being considered?

Ideas for potential uses for the area include family fun attractions such as a climbing wall and laser tag, sports facilities such as a 3g football pitch, a restaurant overlooking the beach, exhibition space, event and conference space as well as office accommodation.

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Fleetwood’s seafront has long been recognised as a major physical asset to the borough with the potential to become a significant visitor destination.

On a coastline as renowned as Fylde’s, with major resorts such as Blackpool and Lytham St Anne’s all offering distinctive and diverse attractions to tourists, Fleetwood’s seafront is modest in comparison.

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What has been achieved already?

A seafront masterplan was developed back in 2009, which set out a long-term programme of rejuvenation.

Progress has been made including a successful Coastal Community Fund bid, which enabled the development of beach bungalows, a splash pad, skate bowl and the YMCA Leisure Centre café. Coastal Revival funding also enabled the restoration of the Marine Hall dome.

Since then, the council has continued to invest in facilities across Fleetwood and has successfully secured external funding to carry out projects around the town. These include the restoration of the Mount pavilion and gardens, the renovation of Memorial Park, improvement works to Fleetwood Market, a new modern commercial food processing facility at Fleetwood Docks and flood protection work along Wyre’s coastline. UK Shared Prosperity Funding has also been earmarked for Fleetwood projects to drive economic development and increase the quality of life for people living in the town.

Alternative operator to run theatres?

Marine Hall is a key part of the seafront offer, and along with Thornton Little Theatre, it is currently owned and operated by Wyre Council.

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As part of this review, the council is looking to determine if there is a suitable alternative service provider to take over the running of one or both of the theatres owing to the high level of subsidy needed to operate them, which last year amounted to over £500,000.

The council is looking to safeguard the future of Marine Hall and Thornton Little Theatre by exploring outsourcing the operation of both theatres.

It will also be working with the Theatres Trust to review Marine Hall’s operation and provide recommendations for the most viable future operating model.

What they say

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council said: “We want to ensure that Fleetwood is in a good position to bid for future government funding.

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"This consultation will allow us to have a regeneration proposal ready for any future funding that becomes available.

“This exercise is also allowing us to take stock of our theatres.

"We are fortunate to have two theatres in Wyre and both are much loved community assets.

"We want to make sure that these assets are available to Wyre’s communities and visitors for years to come, and looking for an alternative service provider is the best way for us to achieve this.

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"Research has found that very few councils have retained management of their theatres and most are now outsourced to alternative service providers including charitable trusts, which are able to apply for grant funding which local authorities are unable to access.

"We hope that through this process we can find a service provider to take on the management of the theatres and ensure their future as part of the wider destination offer for Wyre.”

How can you take part in the consultation?

You can complete both the Fleetwood seafront consultation and the Thornton Little Theatre consultation online at from Monday 11 September.

Suggested ideas for the seafront will be on display at Marine Hall, Fleetwood Leisure Centre and Fleetwood Market from Monday September 18 during opening hours, where a paper copy of the consultation can also be completed.

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Alternatively you can come along and chat to a member of council staff about the proposals on Tuesday September 19 at Fleetwood Leisure Centre from 4pm to 7pm, September 26 at Marine Hall from 12pm to 3pm and Fleetwood Market on October 17 from 12pm to 3pm.

This consultation is part of a wider progression of Fleetwood’s seafront masterplan and feasibility study which has received £30,000 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.