ReBlackpool given approval on seafront plans

Michael Hunt

Blackpool Council has approved plans for a skateboard and BMX bowl and a huge adventure playground to be built on the seafront of the resort.

The final two elements of urban regeneration company ReBlackpool's seafront vision are worth over £6.5m in total.

The plans were passed by the council's planning committee on Monday (15 March).

The decision means plans for the 5km seafront, stretching from Star Gate to North Pier, are now either complete, in progress or approved.

Work is due to begin on the £4.77m Waterloo headland project, which features a skateboard park and BMX area designed by architect Jeremy Donaldson. The headland will also be home to a huge adventure playground.

The decision also means the £1.95m transformation of the St Chads headland into a flexible events space can also move forward which will make it suitable to host events such as kite surfing and vehicle rallies.

Doug Garrett, chief executive of ReBlackpool, said: "The approval of these planning applications means the vision for Blackpool's seafront is now in place as these were the final two elements.

"What that means is that for 5km running from Star Gate up to North Pier the promenade will be transformed and not only look fresh, modern and welcoming, but also provide exciting and interesting things to see and do for visitors and residents alike – from the sculpture trail along South Shore, to the skate park on Waterloo headland, to the comedy carpet on Tower Festival headland – there will be something for everyone."

It is expected work on the final sections of the promenade will begin in May 2010 and estimated to be complete in time for the 2011 summer season.

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