Gordon has praised the tenacity of local campaigners after a key public footpath through to Marton Mere will remain open. It follows pressure from residents and himself on the management of the Marton Mere Holiday Village, where the path runs through.
In April he went down to the Kipling Drive footpath to have a look at the site and its amenities. He met around 50 local people who use it and were angry at the failure to reopen it after extension work to the holiday village was finished in March. Two weeks ago Gordon met the holiday park’s General Manager Keith Robson and urged him to listen to campaigners concerns and keep the original footpath open.
Blackpool Council’s planning committee passed a retrospective application for the alternative path, but only on the condition the original path would remain open to residents during daylight hours. The path must now remain open between 7am and 9pm in summer, and between 9am and 5pm in winter.
Gordon said: “This is a victory for everyone who uses the path. When I met the campaigners, some of them told me they used it for leisure, dog walking for ten/twenty and even forty years and more. It’s a very important access point from Kipling Drive to the Mere and used by people of all ages. I relayed the strength of feeling to the management at the holiday village when I had my meeting. I am pleased with the outcome of the planning committee, but we will continue to monitor the situation closely and make sure the holiday village comply to the conditions set out in the planning application.
“Marton Mere is a key part of the council’s overall health and wellbeing strategy – making the area accessible and the other green spaces connected to it are a key part of that strategy. Championing them is something I am passionate about and it was one of the reasons why I launched my Cleaner Greener initiative back in April 2016, which continues to be at the heart of my campaigning in Blackpool South.”