The team at Wyre Dock Development are engaged in a continuing round of exchanges with both public and private principals. Of importance and priority is transfer of the fish trading businesses to a newbuild facility aimed at providing the latest technology and equipment to local companies with incentive to expand and grow their markets. Early stage discussions are underway with new partners and ABP’s management jointly with WDD.
The need to reopen a direct rail service from Fleetwood to Preston is also high on the list of priorities for the regeneration scheme and its first phase at Wyre Dock, branded ‘Fleetwood Quays’. Attracting new visitors to the North Fylde coast year round with modern rail operation in addition to improvements to the A585 is a prerequisite in securing private sector financing for this landmark development. Initial talks with the Government’s new agency ‘Transport for the North’ empowered to take forward strategic rail and road infrastructure investment that ‘joins up the dots’ and reconnects communities currently geographically and economically disadvantaged – are scheduled in May.
Proposals for a first stage heritage exhibition complex that incorporates tram display, Trawler and Fleetwood Fishing history in conjunction with the Fleetwood Museum, are in outline form. The sister city relationship with Fleetwood, Pennsylvania will be a further highlight through a display of the Cadillac Fleetwood marque and its provenance in the United States.
Wyre Dock Development Ltd. are inspecting waterfront regeneration schemes in Holland and Belgium during June and meeting with Developers and Public Authorities. The visit includes site visits to a national fisheries museum on the Belgian coastline, together with the extensive tramway linking communities from Knokke to De Panne on the border with France. Botanic landscape designers are meeting with several regional authorities in China to identify species and potential sponsor partners for the ‘Gardens of China’ visitor attraction.
The recent headline of Morecambe’s intention to seek investment for an ‘Eden of the North’ to stimulate regeneration for this Lancashire resort underlines the importance of a singular lead visitor attraction in bringing about new economic momentum for a seaside town in parallel to Fleetwood Quays development.
Lancaster and Fleetwood MP, Cat Smith, is being kept informed of ongoing developments and the increasing businesses and investment interest alongside community interests of Fleetwood – for whom this project is aimed at bringing about real long term benefit.