Dream now coming true as builders begin their work

Allan Blackburn, Owner of GB Antiques Centre and Lancaster Leisure Park.
Allan Blackburn, Owner of GB Antiques Centre and Lancaster Leisure Park.
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Well, what an amazing few weeks it been here at Lancaster Leisure Park.

As I’ve said before many times, it has always been a dream of mine to have housing on this site and after being turned down for planning permission on many different occasions over the last 12 years, it’s wonderful to now see the builders, diggers, machinery and staff on the site.

Some visitors to the site have complained in recent weeks that they’ve had to walk around the fences to get to the toilets and that the path ways are wet

Finally, building work has now begun and Miller Homes are here erecting some of the 71 houses planned for development over the next three years.

Part of the project sees a complete revamp of our drives and car parking facilities.

When I look out of my office window I can see that already the old Go Kart track has gone to make way for a brand new car park, which is just waiting to be tarmaced.

Some visitors to the site have complained in recent weeks that they’ve had to walk around the fences to get to the toilets and that the path ways are wet.

I must apologise but we are trying our best to accommodate everyone and the message is: it’s business as usual.

Yes, it is a bit wet because we’ve had a lot of rain recently, but there’s easy access to all the attractions and still plenty of free parking, even with all the extra machinery on site at the moment.

Amongst the building works, a photography business has moved into the old gift shop and I’m hoping they will be opened in time for Easter.

Cheryl Mulqueeney, an established family portrait photographer came to see me after moving to Lancaster from Wigan, last year.

She had a vision that the gift shop could be turned in to a studio and less than six months after our first meeting, she’s ready to move in.

It’s a good fit with the other family attractions on site and I’m looking forward to seeing her open soon.

In the meantime, my team and I will be keeping the park and the pathways as usable and clean and tidy as we can.

Just pray for a little less rain.