An electricity substation sited in an awkward spot next to a £2million heritage project in Fleetwood looks set be re-located.
Councillors at Wyre are to consider “a land swap” to allow the substation to be moved to the other side of the town’s prestigious Grade II listed Mount Park.
The move is being considered because the structure is currently getting in the way of work to refurbish one of the park’s heritage buildings, The Lodge, as part of an ambitious regeneration of the whole Mount site.
With help from a £2million Heritage Lottery grant, the run-down Lodge is going to be renovated and turned into a tea room, while the surrounding gardens will also be restored and the park’s iconic pavilion building renovated.
A £1m donation from Fleetwood businesswoman Doreen Lofthouse has already funded work to reinstate Victorian railings, restore the shelters, repair the pathways and create new rockeries and planting.
But before work on The Lodge can begin in the council-owned park, the substation will have to be moved.
A council report outlined that an area of the park land would need to be made “surplus” to allow the substation to be re-located there.
The report stated: “As part of the ongoing Heritage Lottery works at the Mount, Wyre Council asked for the substation to be relocated away from the Lodge.
“This needs to be done before the Lodge can be refurbished, as it is joined on the side of the building.
“The proposed Heritage Lottery works to the Lodge involve digging down below ground level to expose the basement rooms.
“When the new substation is commissioned it will be able to take over the function of the existing substation and allow this to be demolished, which will in turn then allow the Lodge to be restored.”
The issue will be considered a Wyre portfolio holders’ session at the council on Thursday.
The Mount is an iconic structure and a Grade II registered garden designed by the eminent architect and landscape designer Decimus Burton in the 1800s.
The pavilion, originally built in 1901 and one of Fleetwood’s best know buildings, will now be restored and brought back into regular use as an education centre, exhibition space and a function room for public events and receptions.
The design work is being carried out by architects and heritage consultants, Purcell.