David Brayshaw column

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.
Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.
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I was so pleased to read in last week’s Visitor that the Polo Tower is to be demolished at last; it’s been a blight on our landscape for far too long.

In fact, the whole of the old Frontierland site is an eyesore.

It would seem that now is the opportunity to improve this area, demolish the tower, take down the unsightly hoardings and make the area into a simple park. I don’t think that this would be such a big job.

I saw an aerial video which Steven Duncuft had made using his flying camera. It flew quite near this area and it looks like it is all grassed over already.

I know that the area is due for development and that Opus North are ‘tweaking’ their plans before re-submitting however, let’s face it, if the developers of the Lancaster Canal Corridor (£100M) are objecting, will the planners pass this development in Morecambe?

If something isn’t done now to improve the area, we could have the hoardings up for another 10 years.

I read an interesting document last week relating to the ‘Coastal Communities Fund’; a pot of money set aside for seaside towns to promote regeneration. £96 Million was put into this pot and Councils such as Barrow (£900,000), Wyre (£1.5M), Northumberland (£1.8M) and Scarborough (£2.5M) all benefited.

Even Morecambe Bay Partnership (based in Kendal I’m afraid) were awarded nearly half a million pounds to put up a 100 pictures at various places around the Bay this summer.

It’s interesting to note that the money awarded to Scarborough then attracted a further £200M private investment and that Scarborough has since received Regional, National and International first place awards for enterprise.

You may wonder why I am mentioning Scarborough well, they and Morecambe both adopted their ‘Action Plans’ in 2002.

I’ve mentioned what Scarborough have achieved since then but am struggling to list what has been done in Morecambe. As far as I am aware, we are still talking about getting the broken paving slabs replaced and new signs put up.

That should be starting soon though.

So why didn’t Morecambe itself benefit from this money, did we even apply? Unfortunately it’s too late now, the closing date has passed and there are no plans to allow further applications.

There appears to be a lack of vision. Innovation and vision is what is required and let’s think big.

A few years ago there was talk of a marina development on the seafront. I’ve seen the plans for this development. It includes leisure, a heritage centre, shops and a marina. It died a death when LCC got involved.

People may think that this is too ambitious, maybe the people of Maryport thought the same before their council attracted £2M for their new marina and Wave Centre.