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New observation tower for Rossall Point in Fleetwood

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image captionThe building is due to be completed by summer

Work has started on a new observation tower on the Lancashire coastline.

The 14-metre (46ft) high tower at Rossall Point will provide a base for the National Coastwatch Institution.

It will also provide a viewing platform for the general public and bird watchers, with views over the Irish Sea and the Lune Deep, the Lakeland fells and the Fylde Coast.

The views from the top will be projected on to a screen in an education centre on the ground floor.

Councillor Gordon McCann, cabinet member with responsibility for economic development at Wyre Council said: "It's full steam ahead now with this exciting project which is a key part of our Sea Change programme to regenerate the seafront.

"Rossall Point will become a focal point on the coastline and the link between Cleveleys and Fleetwood, allowing us to promote the whole area as one fantastic destination. Not only that, it will be a valuable facility for the local community too."

The building is due to be completed by the summer.

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