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Scruples Controversy

It would seem that the ParkView4U proposals for the Scruples site have caused some controversy.

There is a petition/questionnaire being done on the front which describes the Park View proposals as being for “Development to a Children’s Play Area and Cafe”.

This was of some concern to us as we were not aware of any suggestion that a Class 3 designation eat-in facility was being proposed, so we have taken the question up with ParkView4U directly.

They assure us that the proposal is not to have any sort of cafe or eat-in facility. Nothing more than an ice cream / snack cabin like the one at Park View is envisaged and absolutely refute any suggestion that there are any plans for anything bigger. No planning application has yet been submitted to Fylde Borough Council.

We would suggest that you should treat any suggestions to the contrary with caution.

As we have previously stated we believe that people should take the time to see what is really being proposed and to weigh up the alternatives before completing the consultation document on the FBC web site . ParkView4U will be holding a “Pop Up Beach Event” on 14th & 15th September so you can quiz them there.

We understand that FBC will continue to accept responses for the next 2 weeks.


It seems that there is a certain amount of misinformation being circulated about the ParkView4U proposals for the Scruples area on the front.

We have heard that there are petitions being circulated describing the plans as being for a commercial development with a large cafe and merry-go-rounds.

The reality as described here http://www.parkview4u.org.uk/sand-and-water-play/ sounds rather different to us.

We would urge everyone to visit the Pop Up Beach Day on 14th & 15th September at the site to see what is really being proposed before making up their minds about whether the proposal is appropriate or not. We shall certainly be there.

Annoyingly the Fylde borough consultation at http://www.fylde.gov.uk/council/scruplesconsultation on the proposals only runs until 12th September, before the Pop Up Beach day takes place. Maybe they could be persuaded to accept comments after that date as well?

It is important that the various options for the site are weighed up, but Defend Lytham can see no reason to reject ParkView4U’s proposal on the grounds that is is a commercial enterprise. As far as we can tell it won’t be, and ParkView4u have a superb track record in sensitively developing and improving community assets.

Defend Lytham is not against development. It is against inappropriate development and another part of our brief is “To encourage the development of facilities for the public benefit.”

If the ParkView4U proposals are inappropriate we will, of course, challenge them. We don’t think this can or should be done before we have had a chance to see what is being proposed.

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