Playgrounds across Fylde will be improved, parks made more secure, and flood-hit areas will be helped after Fylde Council passed its budget last Thursday.

All councillors – bar one who abstained – voted for the budget proposals, which will see bills increase by just eight pence per week for a Band D property.

Council leader Councillor Karen Buckley said: “This is a budget which spends money in all areas of Fylde.

“We will be improving play equipment and surfaces at playgrounds across the borough.

“We will be investing £40,000 to help prevent the flooding that has blighted the Park View playing fields in Lytham and spending £50,000 at Newton Community Park to match fund their £100,000 scheme for an improved play area and sensory garden.

“Councillors highlighted the need for safety measures at some of our parks and we will improve the lighting at Ashton Gardens, as well as ensuring access is more secure at many others.”

A further £100,000 will be spent on replacement play equipment across the borough.  In Staining, £55,000 will be spent to improve surface water drains following flooding.

Councillor Buckley added: “We have also agreed to support a capital bid for £224,000 to improve the operational boathouse at Fairhaven Lake which houses the fleet of motorboats. This is part of the wider £2 million Lottery funding works to improve the entire lake and a better, more energy efficient boathouse will improve facilities further plus provide opportunities to hire out space.”

Kirkham town centre and Newton-with-Clifton will also benefit from extensions to their CCTV coverage after councillors included the schemes in the budget.

The agreed funding is on top of the council’s commitments to the regeneration of Kirkham town centre, improvements to Lytham and St Annes centres, Fairhaven Lake and initial flood defence works in St Annes.


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