Playing fields revamp plan

AN UNKEMPT playing field could be transformed into a community oasis if a scheme by local volunteers is given the go-ahead.

Lancaster Road Playing Fields in Preesall missed out on funding from the Government’s £235 million Play Builder scheme to create more playgrounds in Britain.

Residents and councillors say the area is not used to its full potential and are now seeking a National Lottery grant to spruce it up.

Parish councillor Philip Orme, of Friends of Preesall Park, said: “A couple of years ago we were having some problems with vandalism and youths hanging around, so the community got together to see what we could do. At the same time the local youth group was asking what facilities were available.

“Our first plan is to build a multi-use play area on the fields, as we missed out on funding a couple of years ago.”

Coun Orme said reaction to the initial plans had been positive, with ideas offered from people of all ages.He added: “We have had different responses so far. The younger end want play facilities and a BMX track, whereas some would like to see an all-encompassing community park with facilities for all ages.

At the moment it is used by a local football team and once a year during the local gala, but apart from that, it is only used for general milling about.”

Preesall councillor Paul Moon said he supported the plans.

He added: “It would be fantastic to see some improved facilities down there for everyone concerned, but the group needs support. We would like to see as many people involved in this project as possible to transform the whole park.”

The group is waiting to hear if a bid for £49,999 – which would fund the first phase of the scheme – has been successful.