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Mereside locals needed for exciting, new community build

Blackpool Coastal Housing

We have teamed up with arts programme LeftCoast, and the Blackpool Library Service to develop a place that holds a launderette, library and a shared community space.

After a series of in-depth design meetings between a small group of community members and Baxendale Studio architect Lee Ivett, we are now asking for locals to get involved in the build.

From plumbing to furniture making, painting to design, a whole host of opportunities are available for those who want to show off their skillset or try their hand at something new.

Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed in any of the listed activities.

The project came from conversations between Mereside residents and LeftCoast back in 2018.

In the same year, LeftCoast wrote the project into a successful National Lottery Community Fund bid, which will fund the new space.

The programme of work started in 2019, seeing an array of summer of activities test whether there was still as desire for a communal washing facility. Fylde Repair Café was commissioned to deliver both pop up activities and visit established groups on Mereside to understand the need, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. 

The build commenced in early March at the empty Lakes Office on Langdale Road. Those who wish to get involved can request more information by emailing:

I really hope we can join the Mereside community in developing a space that not only serves its purpose as a launderette and library, but something that is really useful to the neighbourhood and people can take pride in. The idea is to create a place where the community can come together, hold activities, chat and share resources, and it has been so exciting to see a design pull all of these concepts together. I can’t wait to see the build take shape over the coming months.
Laura Jamieson, LeftCoast Creative Engagement Manager
Our service is looking forward to working closely with the Mereside community and the project’s partners to bring something new and innovative to the area. It will provide a safe space for so many in the community and allow the library service to expand its offers. The feedback and interest we’ve already seen from the library members and the surrounding community has been inspiring and we cannot wait to see this project take shape.
Lois Duxbury, Mereside Library manager
This is an innovative community and creative project which BCH is proud to be associated with. It brings back into use an empty unit to provide a multi-purpose community hub allowing Mereside residents to access services, use the laundrette or meet people. Interest from residents has already been strong and we look forward to seeing this facility contributing to the thriving community.
Maggie Cornall, Director of Operations, Blackpool Coastal Housing
This is a fantastic project and we are really excited to be involved in the creation of a new space for Mereside residents. The space will enable us to increase computer access, book stock and activities in the local area.
Cllr Kath Benson, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Aspiration and Community Assets
Blackpool Coastal Housing