Action stations for town’s future

Should public service buildings like Morecambe Town Hall be relocated into the very heart of the town?
Should public service buildings like Morecambe Town Hall be relocated into the very heart of the town?

WHAT should we do with central Morecambe? Does the town need steady regeneration or a dramatic overhaul? And where is the money going to come from?

Once the final Morecambe Area Action Plan (MAAP) comes out next year, hopefully it will answer these questions.

In the meantime, a team of Lancaster City Council officers, led by senior planner Julian Inman, has published an interim report containing ideas for central Morecambe’s future.

The MAAP team has collected the opinions of Morecambe residents and now want more input from taxpayers before they publish the final plan. And you have until January 6 to make your feelings known.

The report gives two general options for improving the town centre. The first would involve slow and steady low cost improvements; the other would come up with a framework for a major reinvention of Morecambe.

But it makes it clear that the council will not break their own bank, but instead look to private enterprise to pay for regeneration.

“These are challenging economic times,” says the report.

See The Visitor (29-11-11) for full story.