Welcome to the Fylde Review 2023

Welcome to our annual feature in which we showcase the accomplishments Fylde Council have delivered for the people of the Borough in the preceding twelve months and look to what’s yet to come. 

For many of us, after paying the mortgage or rent, our council tax is our highest bill. Mindful of the high costs of energy and food, we have taken the decision to freeze the council tax you pay for Fylde Council services to ease your financial burden. We are only in this exceptional situation because of our prudent approach and strong financial management over many years now which leaves us in the enviable position amongst councils of being debt free. We are confident that Fylde Council will continue to deliver high quality services and invest across the borough with an emphasis on keeping council tax down. For more information, please read our Council Tax FAQs.

What We’ve Achieved

Invest in Fylde

The launch of the Invest in Fylde brand offers invaluable private sector support to both established local businesses and those looking to locate in our dynamic borough. Offering a wealth of private sector and business ownership experience, bringing partnership, collaboration and innovation to all.  

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Help With Energy Costs

We were proud to be able to provide Energy Rebates to eligible households, as well as Discretionary Energy Rebates to support our most vulnerable residents. The introduction of Affordable Warmth Grants, ECO4, and ECO-Flex schemes helped residents achieve greater energy efficiency. 

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Fylde Coast Sand Dunes Project

The partnership to improve the sand dune habitat along the coastline continues to yield excellent results, with a million-pound boost agreed in 2022 to extend the programme for another five years.

Read more here.

Refurbished Public Conveniences

Public toilets at Stanner Bank and Pleasant Street enjoyed thorough refurbishment and refitting to provide eye-catching and modern conveniences for visitors, with a standardised concessionary fee. 

Read more here.

Improvements to Children’s Play Areas

Seven play areas in Fylde received huge improvements to make them safer and more accessible to all, as part of an ongoing programme to ensure children have somewhere suitable to play, now and always.

Read more here and here.

North Beach Wind Sports Centre

The renovated North Beach Wind Sports Centre in St Annes enjoyed its official opening on Friday 2 December 2022, providing a new home for local beach sports groups, a ranger station, a Changing Places accessible bathroom, and the Beachcomber Café.

Read more here.

Tree Planting Programme

Between November 2022 and January 2023, our tree planting programmme saw an incredible 600 trees planted by Fylde Council’s Tree Team, the Fylde Ranger Service, and eager volunteers. Community planting events during National Tree Week gave people the opportunity to dig in and get their hands dirty. 

Read more here.

Fairhaven Restoration Project

The Fairhaven Restoration Project has been a tremendous success, with wonderful improvements to the lake and its surrounds. The renovation of the Isaac Dixon Boathouse, the unearthing and replanting of the Japanese gardens, and the introduction of a new café to the 1986 golf club house are just some of the highlights.

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What’s coming next?

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

In February 2023, Fylde Councillors gave the go-ahead to a programme packed with projects developed for roll-out over a 26 month period to March 2025, funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The programme contains a wealth of exciting investment plans. 

Read more here.

Cemetery Lodge Refurbishment

The Cemetery Lodge at the Lytham Park Cemetery & Crematorium will be refurbished to provide better welfare facilities for the Bereavement Team, and to provide a comfortable space for private interviews with bereaved families.

Read more here.

Further Play Area Improvements

Our rolling programme of play area improvements will continue into the new year, with a funding budget of £100,000 for 2022/23. The Promenade Gardens, Ashton Gardens, and Mornington Meadows play areas are next on the list for a revamp.

Read more here.

Tree Planting

Following the tremendous success of last year’s programme, a further £25,000 of additional revenue has been approved to enable the continuation of tree planting into 2023/24, with further community planting events in the works.

Read more here.

Lytham Hall Area Drainage / Green Parking

Lytham Hall, Fylde’s only Grade 1 listed asset and a beloved historical and heritage asset, will benefit from a new drainage system and a green car parking scheme to help accommodate the increased demand from visitors and the local community.

Read more here.

Kirkham Futures

An ambitious programme to regenerate Kirkham, the Kirkham Futures project is well underway and will see improvements to public realm, shop fronts, and health and wellbeing programmes, amongst much more.

Read more here.

St Annes Sea Defences

Work on the two-year project around the Island site in St Annes aims to start in 2023/24 and will replace the existing sea wall to protect Fylde businesses and residents from flooding. 

Read more here.

More Updated Public Conveniences

The toilet blocks at Kirkham Market Square and North Beach Toilets be refreshed with modern internal fittings in line with other public conveniences across the Borough, with the implementation of the now-standardised charge.

Read more here.

St Annes Beach Hub

A new facility will replace the old beach furniture storage unit on St Annes with a comprehensive Beach Hub, a base for coastal resources, tourist information staff, first aid, beach wheelchair hire, and more.

Read more here.

St Annes Public Offices and Tourism & Leisure Building

Plans are in motion for the redevelopment of both the Public Offices building and the former Tourism & Leisure Building on Clifton Drive South in St Annes, with the offices being converted and the Tourism & Leisure site to be used for residential apartments.

Read more here.