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Published on Monday 27th September 2010

Wyre's Ahead of the Game

Wyre Borough Council's innovative approach to working with public and private sector organisations has been hailed a success in providing good value and efficient leisure services.

Examples of Wyre's leisure partnerships were showcased at a regional Leisure Management Conference aimed at highlighting best practice in the public sector.

The event, hosted by Preston City Council, was organised jointly by the Institute of Sport Parks and Leisure and the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management.

Tom Pridmore, Director of Leisure Services for Wyre Borough Council was able to describe the benefits of teaming up with Fylde Coast YMCA, who manage all the council's indoor leisure and swimming facilities, as well as explain the latest partnership with the Paul Nicholas School of Acting who recently took over the management of Thornton Little Theatre at Thornton.

Event co-ordintor, Svend Elkjaer of Sport Marketing Network, said: "Wyre Borough Council is at the forefront of new thinking in leisure management through their innovative partnership arrangements and delegates at the event, who came from across the north of England, found Wyre's presentation most informative.

"In order to meet efficiency targets as well as increase participation local authorities will need to become more innovative about service delivery and Wyre is ahead of the game."

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2. New opening hours for Fleetwood Market

Following consultation with customers and traders, Fleetwood Market will now open four days a week all year round from 1 October.

The increase in winter trading days follows a successful trial of Thursday opening in the run up to Christmas for the past three years. The move will meet increased demand and remove any confusion for the hundreds of thousands of shoppers who visit this gem each year, as trading days have previously been different in winter and summer.

Now the market will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9am to 4.30pm, regardless of the season.

While other markets are struggling and facing closure, Fleetwood Market is bucking the trend. Despite the effects of the recession and temporary loss of trams to the town, there is still a waiting list for stalls on the inside market and a planning application will shortly be submitted to create additional permanent stalls on the outside market.

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3. Massive interest in illustrating Mythic Coastline book

A whopping 1,500 people have downloaded an application pack as the search for a Mythic Coastline illustrator comes to a close.

Lancashire literature agency Litfest and Wyre Borough Council launched an open competition to find a sparky artist who could bring the history, landscape and folklore of the Cleveleys coast alive in a children's book.

Interest has been phenomenal, with a last-minute surge expected towards the end of today's deadline. Short listing will then begin and it is hoped that a final six will be decided on by the end of the week.

The Mythic Coastline project will feature stories, public art and events to inspire and enthuse local people and visitors to the Lancashire coastline between Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

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4.Blooming success for Poulton

A beautifully blooming Poulton station has been named the best station garden in the UK at the ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2010.

For the past six years the Friends of Poulton-le-Fylde Station have been producing fantastic floral displays. Altogether 14 volunteers look after the beds, hanging baskets and lawn on the two platforms.

In the judge's view, this year's display has a real "wow factor" and the use of the available shapes and colour complement the improvement work at the station carried out by Northern Rail and Network Rail.

The Friends group was presented with a trophy and £200.

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