The number of local residents who turned up for the first Love Fleetwood meeting on Wednesday night exceeded everyone’s expectations.
The meeting, which took place at The Parkside Suite at Highbury Stadium, saw over 50 members of the local community gather to discuss how they can work together to improve the future of the town.
There was a real sense of pride as everyone discussed all the positive aspects of the town, which included the beautiful promenade, the sense of community and acceptance, and the amount of investment that has taken place.
Everyone was in agreement that the changes to the town need to be driven by those who live and work there, and there were plenty of ideas being shared across the room.
The Love Fleetwood initiative is the brainchild of Flakefleet Primary School Headteacher, Dave McPartlin, who was blown away by the number of local residents who gave up their time to attend the meeting.
“It’s fantastic that so many people turned up when they didn’t really know what it was all about,” said Dave.
“There was a great atmosphere and as everyone is so passionate about the town and the positive differences we can make, there was a real buzz.
“After listening to everyone, there is so much going on for us to be proud of and for us to shout about. With goodwill and enthusiasm, good things happen, and I really feel like this is the start of something special.”
Mark Spencer, who has been a doctor in the town for 30 years, added:
“So many local people are starting to take control of their lives, and where we used to rely heavily on the NHS, we’re now starting to look for solutions within our community. Men’s Shed is a great example of residents working together to tackle mental health within the local area.
“Love Fleetwood has helped bring us together as a community to decide what’s important to us and what’s best for Fleetwood, and this is only the beginning. I’m overwhelmed by the number of people who turned up to the first meeting and I can’t wait to see the difference we can make together.”
“There’s just nowhere like Fleetwood, I’m so proud to be from the town,” said Wayne Bibby, Fleetwood Town’s new Supporter Liaison Officer.
A large number of local residents attended the meeting, along with representatives from Lancashire County Council, Wyre Borough Council, Fleetwood Town Football Club, Regenda and Healthier Fleetwood.
Love Fleetwood now has its very own Facebook page, so give it a ‘like’ and keep updated with what’s going on.
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 2nd October from 7-8pm in the Parkside Suite, Highbury Stadium. We hope to see you all there!