Wyre moves to next phase with Fleetwood masterplan

Wyre Council is set to reveal its masterplan to shape the next 20 years of growth in Fleetwood, as part of its bid for £25m from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

The council is progressing with a number of projects after submitting bids for money from the Future High Streets Fund, Heritage Action Zone, and Coastal Community Fund.

Wyre Council has been successful in the first round of the Future High Streets Fund, and has been awarded £150,000 to develop a masterplan and business case. The second bid to the Future High Streets Fund is due in April 2020, and the council will be seeking funding of up to £25m.

The council is also working with Historic England to develop a scheme which focuses on the high street area near Albert Square, Victoria Street, Adelaide Street and St Peter’s Church, backed by funding from Historic England’s £95m heritage regeneration fund.

Alongside, Wyre has received £700,000 from the Coastal Community Fund, and £50,000 from the Coastal Revival Fund, which will look at how to better connect Cleveleys and Fleetwood, and improve the streetscape around Victoria Street.

Marianne Hesketh, corporate director for communities, said: “We are bidding for up to £25m to implement our plans to make Fleetwood’s high street and town centre even better.

“A critical part of developing a masterplan is consultation and engagement with the community and key stakeholders so that a shared vision and strategy for the town can be created together.

“I would encourage residents and business owners to attend the event.”

A three week public consultation will start from 2 December until 5pm on 20 December.

A drop-in event is set to be held next week in order for residents to comment on the early-stage proposals for Fleetwood. The event will be held at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood on Tuesday 3 December from 2pm to 7.30pm.

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Good luck. Always liked Fleetwood.

By Me

Excellent news. Even better news would be a rail link, essential in my opinion if any of these plans are to succeed. Good luck.

By Valerie Lton-Wall

Bring back the railway, as it would create jobs and many people would benefit from it as many people work in Preston and need to travel by train, a line from Fleetwood to Preston is very much needed. Please.

By Helen holden

It would be of every bodies interest in Fleetwood to have a high street which we could all be proud of

By Mrs T

ABout time starting to invest in Fleetwood. My home town always . even though I moved away 40 years ago

By Roma doyle

Reintroducing the railway would get a lot of freight off Amounderness Way and defeat the argument for an ultimately pointless Skippool bypass.

By Lyndsey Buckingham

brilliant it’s a great little town

By a.faill

My dear Lyndsey Buckingham,
When evaluating capital investment in a railway the politicians, civil ?servants and business executives always claim there must be a “business case”. It should be the “economic case”, which goes beyond the profit/loss of a train service, and includes the positive impact on surrounding communities incl. property prices, and even the socio-economic impact. I always wonder who constructs their formulae and what their motives are. The common good perhaps? Anyway, good luck.
Good luck.

By James Yates

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