Resort gardens shut for restoration work

Work is being carried out to resurface damaged footpaths at Gynn Gardens.
Work is being carried out to resurface damaged footpaths at Gynn Gardens.
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A Blackpool park has been closed to enable improvement work to be carried out as part of a £16,000 investment in the grounds.

Gynn Gardens, in North Shore, will be shut for around two weeks while it is renovated.

Crumbling footpaths will be resurfaced in order to improve drainage at the gardens.

Improvements have already been made to the children’s play area, with a new surface installed to make it safer.

A metal cabin has also been removed, and electric and water supplies resited.

The scheme is being funded using £11,000 from the Beacon Area Forum and £5,000 from the ward budget of Warbreck councillors Joyce Delves and Tony Brown.

Coun Delves said: “We are regenerating the gardens because they are in a state of bad repair. It is a long-standing project and the improvements are something we as ward councillors have been pushing for for a while.

“We are very pleased it is getting done and believe it will be a great boost for the area once it is completed.”

The work is being co-ordinated by Blackpool Council’s Neighbourhood Services department.

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for Streetscene, said: “Gynn Gardens looks a lot better than it did around a year ago.

“To complete the work, we need to resurface some of the Tarmac around the play area and make sure that, when it rains, the park can still drain well. I’d like to thank everybody for their patience while the work is ongoing but am delighted with the improvement to the area up there and hope that families will enjoy the renovated park.”

The ward councillors are also hoping to install no drinking signs in the gardens in order to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.

As reported last month in The Gazette, there have been complaints of nuisance behaviour due to people drinking 
alcohol. It is proposed the signs will remind people of the local by-laws which ban drinking in open spaces.

Signs are also planned for Jubilee Gardens (previously known as the Sunken Gardens), and Flagstaff Gardens in North Shore.