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Wyre's 2022/23 budget - key facts and figures

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Climate change

We have declared a Climate Emergency and committed to reducing the council’s emissions by at least 78% by 2035, before achieving net zero by 2050. We also plan to support the borough to achieve the same target. Climate change is causing devastating impacts across the globe. As a coastal borough, Wyre is particularly at risk of sea level rise and flooding. It is therefore crucial that we all do our bit to reverse these changes, and reduce our impact on the environment. 

At Wyre Council, we’re leading by example. So far, we have:  

  • become the first carbon literate council in Lancashire and received a Bronze level accreditation in recognition of our awareness of the impacts of carbon dioxide in everyday activities 
  • begun a review to look at how mitigating the impact of climate change can be better considered in our local plan 
  • begun the planting of 25,000 new trees across Wyre 
  • begun the process of installing rapid charging points in our car parks for taxi drivers and residents, and added electric vehicles to our fleet 
  • worked with partners to continue to implement flood prevention schemes across Wyre 
  • introduced a ban on the release of sky lanterns and helium balloons on council land to reduce plastic waste locally 
  • begun to trial meadow creation as part of our grassland management, letting some of our open spaces grow to encourage wildflowers
  • secured a grant to put in place de-carbonisation measures at Fleetwood market

We know there’s still a long way to go; but together, we can make a difference. Read more about our work and what you can do to tackle climate change at www.wyre.gov.uk/climatechange

Protecting Wyre from flooding 

Climate change is a particular threat to the Fylde Coast owing to rising sea levels and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events. We are working with our partners on a number of flood protection schemes to protect homes and businesses in Wyre. 

The Wyre Beach and Dune Management Scheme is a £42 million scheme to help raise and stabilise beaches from Cleveleys to Fleetwood. The work will protect over 11,000 properties and will commence this year. 

We are supporting the Wyre Natural Flood Management Scheme project led by Wyre River’s Trust to reduce rapid runoff during heavy rainfall reducing the flood risk to Scorton, Garstang, Churchtown, St Michaels and Great Eccleston. We have also been working with the Rivers Trust on smaller scale interventions in the downstream catchment including flood storage areas in Thornton Cleveleys at White Carr Lane, Stanah and a development at King Georges playing fields, which will reduce flood risk and provide carbon and biodiversity benefits. 

We have also successfully bid for £7.2 million of funding to develop coastal resilience through the creation of natural buffer strips around the coast. Interventions such as developing salt marsh, creating dune systems and intertidal lagoons and reclaiming redundant brownfield sites will help to mitigate the consequences of climate change including flood risk and the loss of biodiversity. 

Parks and open spaces

We are lucky to have so many parks and open spaces for everyone to enjoy here in Wyre and are constantly making improvements.  

Key projects include the opening of the Mount Pavilion following the extensive refurbishment thanks to a £1m personal donation from Mrs Lofthouse and a further £2.4m of grant funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The pavilion is now in regular use for events including weddings and in Spring 2022 we had an artist and scientist in residence at the lodge building running activities for local young people.  

In recognition of Mrs Lofhouse’s generous personal donations and the work she has done for Fleetwood, we have created a commemorative memorial board in the gardens at the Mount to memorialise the tremendous impact she had on the town.  

Following a public consultation in 2021, building work to create a new urban park in Fleetwood has begun. The project will create ‘Custom House Square’ on the area of Custom House Car Park which overlooks Fleetwood Market on Victoria Street. It is hoped that the space will bring a breath of fresh air to the area; with new lighting, seating, additional trees and planting along with room to hold occasional small events. 

The new square will complement work to enhance the area and attract shoppers to the market and the new outdoor market area. In the future, Fleetwood Museum visitors using the car park will also be encouraged to use the square as a route from which to access a proposed new entrance off Custom House Lane. 

The project is being made possible by Historic England’s Heritage Action Zone scheme which looks to fuel economic, social and cultural recovery to a select number of high streets in the country. 

We are also undertaking works to King George’s playing field in Thornton to create a new footpath, plant new trees and create a network of wetlands and ponds. The work will create habitats for biodiversity and help to restore Royles Brook to make space for water, help improve river water quality and aid better drainage of surface water from neighbouring sports pitches. Work begins in spring 2022 and the majority of works will be complete in summer 2022 with tree planting taking place in winter 2022/23. 

As we look to the future with positivity following the pandemic, we are working on a garden of reflection at the front of the Civic Centre in Poulton. It is hoped this will provide a peaceful space for people to sit and take a moment to reflect.  

Poulton's Vicarage Park, Hawthorne Park and Wyre Estuary Country Park in Thornton and Fleetwood’s Memorial Park have all received Green Flag awards for another year.  The newly renovated Mount gardens in Fleetwood also was awarded a Green Flag for the first time this year. 

Ferry Beach and Marine Beach in Fleetwood, and Rossall Beach and Jubilee Beach in Cleveleys have all been awarded Seaside Awards for another year.