Frontierland Morecambe: How The West Was Lost Part 3The following text is taken from The Morecambe Visitor, first published 10th March 2004 athttp://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/moreca ... _1_1216431
...Now the council, as reported in The Visitor recently, is pushing for the frontage to be tidied up "to hide the site behind", at least until a decision is made on its future.
Steve Riley (He once worked as part of the park management at Frontierland) for one, would certainly welcome some positive developments, after witnessing years of decay and decline. Image: Frontierland Morecambe: Gary Radice
"I don't really care what they do with it now, as long as they do something," he (Steve Riley) said, staring out onto the 10 acres of dirt, puddles and stone.
Once themed on the Wild West, how sad it is now Frontierland is little more than a bleak and desolate desert..."The Midland Hotel with The Polo Tower in the distance. Photo taken in 2004 by Anne at http://www.ilike.org.ukImage: Midland Hotel 2004:Ann at http://www.ilike.org.uk/ The following text is taken from The Visitor.co.uk first published 17th March 2004 athttp://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/moreca ... _1_1216456
MORRISONS says plans to build a major new leisure club on the old Frontierland site are "a step in the right direction for Morecambe".
Bosses at the supermarket chain hope to submit a planning application to Lancaster City Council next month to create a new health and fitness centre and two stores on the derelict Marine Road site.
Roger Owen at Morrisons said "negotiations are well along the line" with leading names in the leisure and retail industries.
"It's a start, a step in the right direction for Morecambe and we will continue negotiations to fill the balance of the site," said Mr Owen.
John Donnellon, director of regeneration at the council, said: "It is very early days but we would welcome anything that will bring jobs in to Morecambe.
We will look into whatever Morrisons has to offer – although we will not accept housing – but not rush into anything just for the sake of having something there.If they are looking at a proportion of the site and not all of it, we would still expect them to tidy up the frontage."
The Visitor reported in February how Morrisons was looking at alternative uses for the former Frontierland after struggling to find tenants for a proposed factory outlet centre.
The chain was granted planning permission in 2002, following a public inquiry, to build 56 retail units to sell a range of factory seconds and surplus stock at discounted prices.
"Ideally we would have liked the original plans to go ahead, but the market appears to have shifted away from that type of development," said Mr Donnellon.Image: http://www.morecambe.co.ukI used to go Frontierland every summer with family when we went camping near Morcambe between about 91-94.
Sadly dont have any pics of the place for some reason
The last time I went to Frontierland in 97 it was raining heavily and my mum wouldnt let me go in..
That was the last time I went when the park was still running.
LOL.. gutted.Geoff Blears
The following text is taken from The Visitor.co.uk first published 19 May 2004 athttp://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/moreca ... -1-1216757
EIGHT brightly coloured carousel horses formerly used on a children's ride at Frontierland were stolen from a storage area near the site.
The junior horses worth around 500 each were stolen between Friday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 12.
Three were later recovered but the remaining five are still missing.
Steve Riley, manager of the Ranchhouse said: "The horses are made of fibreglass and each one is around 2ft high and 3ft long, brightly painted in red, green and blue with a white background.
"Fairground memorabilia is popular, and Blackpool and Southport fairs both have charity auctions where items are sold off to eager buyers.
"These horses are collectors items and there is a big market for them.
"At the time of the theft a man was seen carrying one of the horses down West End Road and it's highly likely that someone local committed the theft or knows the whereabouts of the horses.
"The horses could be used to set up another small ride or sold on as ornaments for people's houses.
"I would appeal for anyone with information to contact police as these things are unique. Even if someone painted them we would still recognise the pattern."Image: http://www.morecambe.co.ukThe following text is taken from The Visitor.co.uk first published 10th August 2004
at http://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/moreca ... _1_1217115Frontierland housing plans
PLANS for eight terraced houses on land previously used by pleasure park Frontierland have been revealed.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has submitted the proposals for the three storey houses on the old Grove Street depot.
The depot was used while Frontierland was in operation but is now surplus to requirements.
The proposals have provoked shock among local residents who question the need for a new development when there are already empty houses nearby.
One couple wrote to The Visitor to say the plans were "madness" and the area is already overpopulated.
A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said the depot on the site is currently unused and the proposed development would "improve the aesthetics of the site".
The plans can be viewed at Palatine Hall.Image: http://www.morecambe.co.ukThe following text is taken from Morecambe Today, 20th July 2005
RETAIL development specialists behind plans for a DIY store at White Lund say plans for a similar store at Frontierland would be a 'massive' wasted opportunity for the resort.
Pettifer Estates have been working with AXA Insurance to bring forward development plans - likely to involve a Homebase store - for the site of the company's existing operations at White Lund.
They say the success of their planning proposal could be crucial in securing AXA's future in Morecambe, as it will fund the company's relocation to more modern office accommodation.
Pettifer Estates Director, Charles Pettifer, said:
"We are proposing an appropriately sized store that meets the council's own assessment of local need on an accessible site well-suited for this kind of heavy retailing.
"We completely agree with Geraldine Smith MP and other local representatives that warehouse-based retailing at Frontierland would be a massive waste of an exceptional opportunity.
This is a key seafront site, and should surely be earmarked for a more integrated and imaginative leisure-led development.
"The Manchester Evening News recently suggested that Morecambe could once again become one of the region's most fashionable resorts."
"The location is fabulous, the natural assets are world-class, but there is still a need to develop a more modern tourism and leisure offer. Frontierland is the obvious location."
"We would be astonished if that asset was squandered to deliver some short term or opportunistic advantage. Once it's gone, it's gone." Image: The Midland Hotel: Gary RadiceThe following text attributed to Ray Wilcockson is taken from This is Lancaster, first published August 12th 2005
A VISION Board funded by The North West Development Agency is currently brain-storming a dream of how Lancaster and Morecambe may develop in a sustainable way over the next 20 years.
Its brief, timetable and list of members are available on Lancaster city council's website, where the chairman notes that we really ought to be making better use of the unique assets of Morecambe Bay.
However, Morrison's plans for the Frontierland site are likely to go to a planning meeting in October - at least two months before the Board proposes to publish a draft for consultation.
Vision Board manager Catherine Potter aptly describes the current state of Morecambe tourism as something of a hidden treasure and punching below its weight, while financial prudence seems to underpin what vision the council has.
A council that thinks like this, yet is proud of its promenade, stone jetty, poetry path, and (multiplying) seafront sculptures, is a council in two minds.
By opposing the residential elements in the Frontierland plans and calling for more events like the successful Kite Festival, Geraldine Smith, MP - a Vision Board member - appreciates, I suspect, that the more there is for tourists to do in Morecambe the more often they will visit and the longer they will stay.
The 2007 guests at The Midland Hotel will, for example, thank us for open, clean, accessible promenade toilets and at least some sign that it won't be too long before The Winter Gardens, re-awakens for their delight.
My hope is that our MP will back those who argue for a council policy that provides a greater guarantee of success for such new hotels by insisting that prospective promenade developers focus on leisure, culture, heritage, and entertainment.
It would greatly help her were Morecambe more equably represented on the Vision Board and I advise the immediate co-option of representatives from Urban Splash, Morrisons, the Friends of The Winter Gardens and the promenade fairground at least.
It may also be beneficial to explore the potential for a joint tourist strategy with Barrow-in-Furness, where cruise-ships may soon be calling.
Meanwhile, the council should resist any overtures from residential and industrial developers in relation to the central promenade. This is sacrosanct tourist territory that defines the resort's very identity.Image: http://www.morecambe.co.ukIt would have been my 11th or 12th birthday when my parents took me & 3 mates for the day.
It was the 1st time any of us rode a 'big' wooden coaster ('cause Blackpool's Little Dipper doesn't count!).
But I remember visiting before then, a day out with mum & grandparents who took me to see 'the biggest big wheel in the world', but while they let me look at it, they wouldn't take me ON it!
I remember the flume was particularly slow, but a lovely ride through the tree tops.
Me & mates held the side of the trench, completely stopping the boat mid-course!
..And the Cyclone (Texas Tornado)... the 3rd drop was the best! Colin McWilliam: http://www.ukrides.infoImage: Frontierland Morecambe: Gary RadiceThe following text is attributed to Michelle Brookes and taken from thevisitor.co.uk 16 November 2005 at http://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/moreca ... _1_1199650Fresh progress on old Frontierland site:
MAJOR plans for redeveloping the former Frontierland site have moved a step closer.
Outline planning permission has been granted for a development of the derelict site to include housing, a hotel, leisure centre, garden centre and retail outlets.
The main site ceased as a funfair around five years ago, with any existing rides to be dismantled if the development goes ahead.
Planning officer Andy Roe said: "At the moment, the Frontierland site is a major eyesore for everyone. There is a genuine need for this type of mixed use development which would fit in with the West End Masterplan. It would provide a much better frontage to Marine Road than the vacant and unattractive site we have now."
Objections to the proposed plans came from members of the Morecambe and District Cham-ber of Trade and Commerce who voiced their opposition to the plans because they were not considered a tourism development.
A petition signed by 71 local residents had been submitted, with most expressing the feeling that they didn't want housing on the site. There was also a lengthy objection from the planning advisors for B & Q, who had previously applied to have a store near White Lund, but were refused.
Several councillors voiced their objections to the proposals including Coun David Kerr who said: "Tourism is finished in this district if this development goes ahead."
Evelyn Archer said: "We're bending over backwards for developers who'll get pots of money if this goes ahead. We're damaging the Arndale Centre's trade. It's just a way of fetching in a use for disused land."
Head of planning., Andrew Dobson said: "We need investment in big gaping holes in the town. If we sit here and hope the site will be filled and turn developers away, what message does that send out?"
Coun Abbot Bryning added: "Morrisons have been the catalyst for development in Morecambe. Seaside resorts have changed and will continue to change – what more do people who represent Morecambe on the tourism front expect?"Image: http://www.morecambe.co.ukFor the years before it closed we used to go a few times a year, there was always promotions on and we never found the park busy.Chris McFarlane The following text is taken from The Visitor.co.uk, first published 27th September 2006 athttp://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/moreca ... _1_1204163
LANCASTER City Council is ready to get tough with supermarket giant Morrisons and force it to tidy up the former Frontierland site in Morecambe.
It is six years since the closure of the theme park and, apart from the demolition and removal of many of the rides, the site has been left derelict.
A hoarding meant to screen the site from tourists has itself become an eyesore and cannot hide a huge mound of earth. The final straw was the erection last week of razor wire around the Polo Tower.
Coun Janice Hanson, the council's cabinet member with responsibility for the regeneration of Morecambe, said it was time to get tough with the company.
"Ideally we would like them to get on and implement their planning permission (for a new development on the site)," she said.
"But if that's not going to happen in the short term I think we've reached the stage where something has to be done because it really is unacceptable.
"The people of Morecambe have supported Morrisons for many years and I think it's time they do something and sort it out."Image: Morecambe Frontierland: Gary RadiceAll those great pictures of FRONTIERLAND, MORECAMBE, took me back a few years.
I used to have a yearly pass for this and had hours of fun with my cousin going on all the rides:
Mouse Trap (Wild Mouse), Dodgems, Haunted House, Ghost Train, Fun City (wow that was great!!) and the big Wheel was another fantastic ride.
We used to play for hours on end there.
My Uncle used to work at the fairground too.
God I loved those days, it was the best fairground in the world.
It's so sad now it has closed, seeing all the rubble where used to stand such a great place!!!
Now its just a total eyesore!!
..Emma Thompson (nee Pryce)Image: http://www.morecambe.co.ukThe following text is taken from The Visitor.co.uk, first published 23rd August 2007 athttp://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/moreca ... _1_1207493
..There was not to be much movement until – possibly encouraged by regeneration and development company Urban Splash's interest in the adjacent art deco Midland Hotel – JJB Sports and the Homebase chain announced formally, a couple of years ago, plans to locate there.
Clothing retailer Next followed suit in 2006 and work on all three major units can be seen continuing apace today (2007)
Outline planning permission has also been approved for building residential units on the front of the site, but no more detailed plans have yet been submitted.
..The land has, in its different guises, always played a major part in shaping Morecambe's fortunes and it looks certain to continue that way well into the future…Image: Jim LoweIn an interview with Park World Online in 2007 Jim Rowland (Once general manager and then Director at The Morecambe Park) spoke about Frontierland: "..They’ve closed the park down since I left, but times changed and once the illuminations went, I was pretty sure the park would go too.
What also happened was they wanted to build two big nuclear power stations and all the boarding houses took the workers in; there was no room for the holidaymakers.
That was short-sighted really because once they had built the power station, the holidaymakers stopped coming..."http://www.parkworld-online.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/251/So_long_JR!.html
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