Reinstate the funding that has been cut to Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry
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Lancashire County Council are planning to stop the subsidy for the Fleetwood to Knott End ferry. The ferry is a daily ferry service from The Esplanade of Lancashire's port of Fleetwood direct to Knott End. A place that forms part of a local area known as "Over Wyre". The ferry forms part of Fleetwood's great heritage and has been running for almost 200 years in the town.
It forms a lifeline for many locals of Knott End and surrounding areas of Over Wyre who do not have transport to make the long journey across the bridge into Fleetwood which would take approx an hour compared to a few minutes via boat.
The local council have spent vast amounts of money on The Esplanade to improve its facade and have even had a statue erected in the honour of the famous painter L.S Lowry at Knott End slipway which is of huge tourist interest.
Local people use the ferry to visit friends and relatives, dog walkers and keen cyclists use the ferry to take trips from Knott End to Fleetwood and vice versa. It is used for shopping trips, people to get to and from work and visitors from the many caravan parks on both sides of the water.
In summer we have big tourist events such as Lifeboat Day which raises vital revenue for the local RNLI and Tram Sunday, a yearly event of heritage transport. The ferry forms a huge part of both of these events and runs almost continuously on these days without stopping while visitors flock across from Knott End slipway to enjoy the festivities.
The ferry brings in tourist trade directly across the water. It invokes memories of long forgotten era.
It is also the livelihood of the dedicated team of ferry staff and skippers who brave all weathers to keep this vital town link operating and who do so with pride.
I am a new business directly next to the ferry and I have sent many happy customers through summer on boat trips to and from Knott End who have enjoyed their visit to this historical fishing port. We are trying to bring revenue and more footfall into Fleetwood and the ferry ceasing running would do the very opposite to what myself and other business owners are trying to achieve.
To lose another piece of history in Fleetwood is unthinkable and we ask you that you sign this petition in the hope we can overturn the decision to cut the funding to the ferry from Lancashire County Council and to reinstate it so that this little part of heritage can long continue.
Sign this petition to save our ferry.
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