The Duck’s Nuts Celebrates Mayoral Opening – But Planter Planning Controversy Persists

Karen Harrison, The Mayor of St Anne’s, officially cut the red ribbon at the grand opening of The Duck’s Nuts on Park Road in yesterday’s (Saturday 14th August} glorious Summer sunshine. Eager customers received a very warm welcome to the venue, which opened following six weeks of first-rate renovation works. Proprietor of The Duck’s Nuts, Alan Openshaw proudly said, ‘Thank you too everyone who came to the Duck’s Nuts Bar and Tapas on it’s opening day, it was wonderful to see the place full of so many happy smiling faces.  I would also like to thank all the people who posted good wishes they are all very much appreciated. ‘

And the venue has already received most positive reviews. Michaela Faulkner wrote: ‘Giving The Ducks Nuts a go (the old No 10 Ale House). Absolutely amazing Tapas with all our favourite flavours. Large portions and very attentive table service. Local Gins and lovely cold ales. We’ll be back.’

However, the new business is already facing complications due to an ongoing row with Fylde Council’s planning department centred upon a 1.2m wooden planter which encloses the front drinking area of the bar. Following an inspection, Alan was surprised to be informed that his planters were too large and would have to be reduced in size to under 1m in height

Alan says that official planning permission was not obtained for the plant-filled structure, which replaced an existing decking area, as he was reassured by a Fylde Council staff member that it was not needed following phone-calls with them. He says, ‘I asked specifically about the need for planning permission and he said that there were already several planter systems outside shops in the street that planning permission would not be necessary. It then came as a shock when one hour after the completion of the planters that I received a phone call from Fylde Council saying they believed it was an illegal construction.’

The Duck’s Nuts building was previously the No 10 Ale House, which claimed to be the first micropub on the Fylde coast, which permanently shut down in May. ‘The Duck’s Nuts’ is an Australian term similar to ‘The Bee’s Knees.’


3 Responses

  1. Hardly a serious planning issue when compared with the council development of the windsport centre which currently has no planning, and encroaches directly onto the protected dunes . Maybe the council should reflect on thier activities which would appear devious

  2. Fed up with the pavements being used as extentions of eating venues.They are taking advantage now and spreading further out onto the public footpath.I am disabled and trying to shop on the high likened to shopping on the M6.the lanes get very narrow no room for me and pedestrians.Using my crutches is exhausting and painful having to weave in for the shops and then hobble the long loops around tables and chairs or barriers.I can no longer enjoy the lovely Lytham shops.Have not visited for over a year I believe I an not alone in this

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