£10,000 regeneration boost for Fleetwood

Fleetwood is to receive £10,000 to help develop an economic plan for the area and kick start economic growth.

WyreThe Department for Communities and Local Government has announced the award following a successful bid by Wyre Council.

A new Fleetwood Coastal Community Team is being established bringing together local business, councils and people to coordinate regeneration and manage the project.

'Team Fleetwood' wants a make over for the town centre and will use the community’s self-help culture to make it happen. This team of activists will also prepare an action plan which will set the direction for the town’s future development.

Councillor Peter Murphy, cabinet member with responsibility for economic development at Wyre Council, said: "This funding will kick start plans to rejuvenate the town centre and complement all the other developments underway on the seafront and throughout Fleetwood.

"Although Fleetwood is below the regional average for empty shops, we want to see them filled and its image improved. It's a real team approach bringing together partners from local business, community and charity groups, and we want to inspire shopkeepers to join with us in making over the town."

Chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, councillor Terry Rogers, said: "I'm over the moon about this funding and looking forward to working with Wyre Council and our partners to improve how the town centre looks. I also hope to attract further investment as the project develops."

Team Fleetwood will comprise representatives of Wyre Council, Fleetwood Town Council, Fleetwood Civic Society, Fylde Coast YMCA, Fleetwood Town Football Club, Fleetwood Chamber of Trade, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Lancashire County Council, NW Training Group, Freeport Shopping Village, ASDA, Regenda Housing Association, The Princes Trust, LeftCoast, National Citizen Service and schools.

There will also be involvement from community groups including Fleetwood In Bloom, Fleetwood Rotary Club, Friends of Memorial Park, Mount Heritage Group and many other companies, retail traders and town activists.

Coastal Communities Minister Mark Francois said: "Coastal Community Teams will help decide where investment goes because local people know best what is needed to grow their local economy." Along with being awarded £10,000 to kick start work, the team will also be able to bid for up to a £50,000 share of a new £3m Coastal Revival Fund to support or restore local heritage and facilities which benefit the wider community and the surrounding economy.