Lytham’s Edwardian Police Station and Magistrate’s Court, which is currently in private ownership, is rapidly deteriorating and is becoming unsafe. This is the verdict of Councillors Peter Anthony, Michael Sayward and Ray Thomas together with County Councillor Tim Ashton. They have joined forces with Fylde’s MP Mark Menzies to call for action over the worsening state of an archetypal Grade II-listed Lytham landmark.
Together, they are calling for an explicit plan of action from the owners of the building.
Councillor Peter Anthony said, ‘It is appalling the damage to the building. It is a unique building and the best example of an Edwardian building in our town. It is vital we take action now to protect it for future generations or more of the building will be lost forever. It must be preserved according to its listing. It must also be improved for the sake of those living nearby, it is simply unfair for neighbours to see it falling apart.’
MP Mark Menzies added, ‘The interior of this building is now a complete mess with plaster hanging off the walls, the old courtroom which was protected stripped out many years ago, and birds have left an almighty mess in all of the rooms. There is furniture all over the place. I fear the remaining heritage features, such as the beautiful stained-glass roofs, will soon succumb if they are not looked after.’
Photographs of the interior are available on the internet from Urban Explorers, who highlight closed architectural and historically-significant buildings. Sadly, several years ago, the wooden cladding from the main courtroom was sold on the Internet, despite the Grade II listing of the building.
Fylde Council has been contacted by the councillors in a bid to make the building secure. It was designed by the famed architect Henry Littler and building commenced in 1900, and was completed in 1902.. The cost of the building then was £7,000. In 2010 the building was put up for sale by Kendricks.

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