Wyre Council

Share your stories of Fleetwood for Sea Change

Published on Friday 16th July 2010

An appeal is going out for stories and memorabilia reflecting what people love about Fleetwood.

As part of the continued public involvement in plans for Wyre's new waterfront, locals are being invited to share objects, photos, maps and memories about the town with the Sea Change project team.

Liverpool based BCA Landscape (BCAL) with Studio Three Architects and artist Lesley Fallais are developing ideas for improvements to the coastline on behalf of Wyre Borough Council. As promised they have already started to get to know the local community and listening to the experiences of people in the town before they produce their designs.

An important part of this will be a Share Stories event on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 July. People can drop into Mount Pavilion or Marine Hall between 11am and 7pm on both days to share their memorabilia, which can be historic or contemporary. All items will be recorded, photographed or scanned so they can be returned to the owner straight away. Look out for an invitation postcard through your door in the next week or two.

Andy Thomson from BCAL explained: "We're looking for anything that has a particular meaning to Fleetwood folk or stories that inspire them. Throughout all the public consultation that we're organising, we're encouraging informal and creative conversation about people's hopes and aspirations for the Sea Change scheme.

"We hope that some strong themes will start to emerge. Once we get a feel for what people want, we are confident that we will be able to deliver a project the community can be proud of, so we're really looking forward to meeting people."

Ahead of the Share Stories event, an open day is being held on Tuesday 20 July at the Mount Pavilion, where local residents are invited to come and talk to BCAL about the project and discuss any issues or concerns that they may have. Members of the team, including landscape architect Andy Thomson, architect Mushtaq Saleri and artist Lesley Fallais, will be on hand from 10am to noon, 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm. Feel free to call in and say hello.

The Sea Change project has a number of different elements and the team have been tasked with the following:

Marine Hall Gardens - to create an architectural setting for the future development of the Marine Hall; build a dramatic enclosure for outdoor performance and new cultural events; establish a contemporary English marine garden, integrating the Mount, and build material and visual connections to the wider seafront.

Promenade Observation Centre - to build a world class sustainable structure that serves as a beacon and destination along the Wyre Coastal Trail linking Cleveleys and Fleetwood; an active coastal/bird viewing point; an educational facility highlighting the biodiversity of Wyre's coastal environment.

Public Art Programme - to create a rhythm of natural and man-made features along the coastline with particular areas identified where artists and designers can make specific interventions. Artwork will be designed, manufactured and installed which responds poetically to the place and the people, with the active participation of the community.

Mythic Coastline, Cleveleys - a narrative responding to local tales expressed through public artwork set along the coastline. Although BCA are not responsible for directly project managing this element, co-ordination across the entire Sea Change programme is essential.

Questions and comments can be put to the team in a number of different ways, including:

- mobile post boxes which will shortly be appearing in various community buildings

- via email seachange@wyrebc.gov.uk

- leaving a message on 01253 887260, which is checked daily and all calls returned

Remember to include your details if you would like someone to contact you.

Keep an eye out, too, for an interactive website in the coming months.

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