MP’s joy at move to protect land in Lytham

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today welcomed news that councillors had voted to take responsibility for public open spaces in Lytham, to protect them from potential development.

Mr Menzies first became involved in the issue when UK Asset Resolution (UKAR), the taxpayer-owned holding company which took on the three parcels of land on the Belfry estate following the collapse of Northern Rock, was planning to put them up for auction to the highest bidder, sparking concerns they may be bought by developers for housing.

The Member of Parliament met with UKAR and secured a commitment from management to pass on the land free-of-charge to a group willing to take responsibility for its continued upkeep.

Mr Menzies then supported a request from local residents for Fylde Borough Council to take over the land and met with United Utilities to iron out difficulties surrounding a pumping station on one of the sites.

Councillors voted to take responsibility for the land during a Cabinet meeting last night.

Following the decision, Mr Menzies said: “This is something which I have been working continuously on for almost a year and I am pleased an outcome has been secured which will protect this land for years to come.

“I am sure the residents will be delighted by this decision as I know the threat of losing the open spaces on their estate has caused a great deal of anxiety locally.

“Fylde Borough Council, particularly ward councillors Brenda Ackers and Tim Ashton, should be commended for acting in the interests of local residents and I would also like to thank UKAR for the great patience they have shown during this process.

“I was also pleased with the work put in by United Utilities to resolve the issues surrounding the pumping station, which could have stopped the council being able to accept responsibility for the land.”

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