Work to start on ex-see-saw site

Fencing round the site of the giant see-saw on Blackpool Promenade.
Fencing round the site of the giant see-saw on Blackpool Promenade.
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Two giant see-saws which were installed as part of Blackpool’s £100m Promenade upgrade but had to be removed on safety grounds will not be returning, the council has confirmed.

Work is now due to start on restoring the area adjacent to the lifeboat house to bring it in keeping with the rest of the seafront.

The area has been cordoned off since the soft rubber matting which surrounded the see-saws was damaged in February’s storms.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “We’re currently in the process of replacing the soft rubber surface which was underneath the giant see saws on the Promenade.

“That surface was damaged during the severe storms we had earlier this year.

“It will be replaced with a surface in keeping with the rest of the Promenade.

“We have now appointed a contractor and work will commence soon.”

The 12-metre long see-saws were installed in November 2011 and removed the following August. They remained fenced off for months and were never opened for public use.

They were paid for out of Northwest Development Agency funding, and were put in place around the same time as the 30 metre high blades of illuminated dune grass.

The council said it was in talks with the contractor regarding the failings surrounding the see-saws and did not expect to be left out of pocket.

Calls have now been made for something else to be put on that part of the Promenade.

Helen Mansell, vice-president of hoteliers group StayBlackpool, said: “A lot of families congregate in that area because it is opposite the main attractions such as Madame Tussauds.

“So I think it would be a good idea if the council considered something else to go there.”