Million pound question for West Enders

Residents are to have a say on how they spend �1 million in Morecambe's West End.
Residents are to have a say on how they spend �1 million in Morecambe's West End.

If you had a million pounds to improve the West End of Morecambe, how would you spend it?

This is the question for residents who are being given a say in the future of the West End.

The Big Lottery has awarded the West End £1m over the next 10 years to invest in the much-maligned area.

Drop-in events will now be held across the West End so residents can give their views.

Resident Marian Korzeniowski, of Westminster Road, said: “Since moving here in 1989, I’ve heard one councillor after another say what they think the West End wants.

“But with this lottery money, it really does feel that we, the people, are in charge. So, come on, everybody, let’s grab this chance with both hands and make the West End a better place for all of us.”

Steve Weatherill, head teacher of West End Primary School, said: “I certainly think there needs to be a critical look at what’s available for children and young people living in the West End. Our school council will talk to our children to find out what they would like.”

Clive Fishwick, chair of the West End Community and Traders Group, said: “I think Yorkshire Street traders would say they’d want the money spent on removing the cobbles on the pavement and parking put back down one side, so more people will come down here.”

Big Local, a £200m investment, was launched by the Big Lottery Fund in July 2010 to support 150 small urban and rural communities to come together to make their areas even better places to live.

The West End learned it would receive £1m last December.

Visit the drop-in events at:

West End Impact Centre – Tuesday June 11, 10am-11am

West End Primary School Summer fair- Thursday, June 13, 1.30pm- 3pm

West End Community Centre, St Barnabas’ Church – Thursday, June 20, every hour from 4pm-8pm

Sandylands Primary School Summer fair – Tuesday, July 2 3.30pm-5.30pm

Stanley’s Centre– Monday, July 8 10am-2pm

West End Festival, Regent Park – Saturday, July 20

Or email mysay@westendmillion.co.uk

Complete a questionnaire available from various West End shops