Plans for a floating ‘event platform’ set to host performances in New Brighton have been given a boost.
Wirral Council has approved the plans which could transform the town's Marine Lake.
Under the current proposal, the event platform will be able to be positioned in the centre of the lake to allow maximum visual impact across the expanse of water and be visible from all sides.
The platform, also known as a pontoon, is set to be used for a range of performances and displays taking place at the seaside town, which has benefited from regeneration in recent years.
The platform is also intended to allow for regular community-led arts based initiatives which are now synonymous with New Brighton, such as The Black Pearl driftwood pirate ship and various pop up arts projects.
New Brighton has seen its public art scene grown recently, with spectacular installations such as The Beatles mural in Victoria Quarter, a part of the town which is being transformed by Rockpoint Leisure.
ADV Liverpool Ltd is set to take on the lease for Marine Lake, but the funding for this project was secured by the New Brighton Coastal Community Team (NBCCT), which includes many local businesses, organisations and voluntary groups.
The timescale for completing the project is currently uncertain, due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but that has not stopped it being approved nor has it removed the desire to deliver it.
More bold plans for Marine Lake
Last year, a grant of £38,594 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government was given to deliver the event platform project.
Speaking about the funding package the government was offering to New Brighton and 44 other coastal communities at the time, the government’s coastal communities minister Jake Berry, said: "This is an investment in the future of our coastal communities which builds on their rich heritage and huge potential.”
This is not the only plan currently being worked on for Marine Lake.
A major new water sports centre featuring wakeboarding, assault courses and electric boats is set to come to New Brighton.
The facility will also feature a ‘Wake Park’, a wakeboarding facility which would see a cable running the full length of the quayside, giving spectators a “grandstand view of the whole experience”, according to ADV’s planning application.
An ‘Aqua Chimp’ ropes course is also planned, with the area surrounding it set to feature sports including paddle boarding, canoeing and sailing.
But ADV is still waiting for planning permission to be approved for this project.