Allan Blackburn column

Allan Blackburn.
Allan Blackburn.

Wow, what a week. You may have read in the paper recently about the new housing project that we are embarking on here at Lancaster Leisure Park.

It’s always been a dream of mine to have a mixture of affordable and luxury housing on this site and although we’ve had to wait 12 years to see our plans and hopes coming to fruition, I am delighted to be able to share with you this week, the fact that the bulldozers are here and work has finally started.

Within the next three years, Miller Homes will build a total of 71 dwellings with 30 per cent affordable housing.

The estate will be made up of 12 two bedroom flats and apartments, and 59 two, three and four bedroom houses, all of which are energy efficient and eco friendly.

Part of the work in preparation for the houses to be built, is a complete revamp of Lancaster Leisure Park’s, drives and car parking facilities.

We are doubling the amount of disabled parking and the public spaces will be marked out and numbered, so you’ll have no excuse for loosing your car.

Thrilled we may be, however, work of this scale involves a lot of disruption.

My office certainly isn’t the peaceful haven it once was, as the bulldozers are re-laying tarmac and replacing the old go kart track (which is right underneath my office window) with new parking facilities.

I’ll have to bring some ear muffs into work over the next few weeks.

Seriously though, I want to reassure all of our visitors that whilst there is a lot of disruption at the moment, we are doing all we can to improve access to our attractions, whilst the work is taking place.

A temporary entrance is being made where the overflow car park is at the moment.

All the attractions are open as normal, and there’s still plenty of parking; we would just ask visitors to bear with us for the next few weeks.

It’s a very exciting time and this project brings so many improvements to the site which will benefit every single one of our visitors.