Why Splash plan is wrong for Morecambe

The view of Morecambe promenade and surrounding hills would be altered significantly by the proposed Urban Splash development.
The view of Morecambe promenade and surrounding hills would be altered significantly by the proposed Urban Splash development.

I REFER to your article in The Visitor concerning the Urban Splash proposals for flats on the Morecambe sea front (October 4).

It would appear from the illustration that the proposed flats are to be situated along the Stone Jetty where old warships used to be broken up for scrap.

My first impression of the proposal is that a couple of container ships have arrived for scrapping or is it the intention that we are to believe they are representative of a couple of visiting cruise liners? No matter my impressions, I find it hard to believe that such apartments could sell for £250,000 when there are already flats on the sea front, no less ugly, that struggle to get £180,000!

The letter from Irene Sutcliffe (Be firm with Urban Splash, September 21) was a good assessment of the poor performance of Urban Splash on these type of projects.

Let us not forget their performance on the Midland Hotel.

Whilst this might be considered reasonably successful it was nevertheless about two years behind programme, cost around £13 million and omitted (thankfully) the tower surmounted by a swimming pool that was in the budgeted scheme.

There are local companies that could have carried out this scheme for half the money and in half the time.

I am not sure what the funding arrangements are for this scheme or what risk Urban Splash would have.

I suspect that a substantial amount of public money is involved and that the Urban Splash risk is minimal.

For me, one of Morecambe’s greatest assets is the view across the bay. To risk this asset by having a company such as Urban Splash turning the promenade into a building site for an indefinite period of time would be a disaster.

If we must have Urban Splash, let them fund it themselves and build it on the site of the old Frontierland where the disruption caused by their build operations will be minimised.

Russell Mills

Sea View Drive

Hest Bank.