Visitors’ first impressions approaching Lytham Hall are set to see a dramatic improvement by way of resurfacing works of the main driveway.

On Monday 22 June, the Finance and Democracy committee approved a request for financial assistance from Lytham Hall, which will see a £51,500 funding addition to the Capital Programme to improve the driveway from Ballam Road up to the Hall and beyond to link the car park entrances; plans illustrating the work can be found below.

Resurfacing the driveway will not only visually improve the visitor experience, but it will also ensure the surface is safer for everyone, including a wider range of access-friendly vehicles and bicycles. These improvements will leverage a significant long-term financial benefit from increased visitor numbers thanks to greater accessibility and an enhanced reputation of the only Grade 1 listed visitor attraction in Fylde.

With a change of management a few years ago, Heritage Trust North West has taken the Hall from strength to strength. Along with partners of Lytham Hall, they are committed to putting in the right infrastructure to ensure the attraction is conserved for many future generations to come and continues to be developed as a quality heritage visitor attraction.

Cllr Karen Buckley, Acting Leader of Fylde Council and Chair of the Finance and Democracy Committee said: “Recent years has seen Lytham Hall become a much loved venue for locals and the publicity provided by the arrival of the Antiques Roadshow this time last year has put it well and truly on the map. Sadly, along with many other visitor attractions, the Hall and grounds were closed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  There is an opportunity right now to improve the driveway.  I hope this funding will help Lytham Hall bounce back strongly so that visitors and local residents alike can enjoy the Hall, tearooms and grounds more than ever when it’s safe to re-open.”

Several improvement schemes have been delivered over the past twelve months thanks to the donations and income Lytham Hall generates, as well as the joint efforts from partners including Fylde Council, Friends of Lytham Hall, the Windmill charity, Lytham Town Trust (LTT) and the owner of Home Farm.