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Ashton Gardens

St Georges Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 2AE

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About this venue

Lord Ashton of Lancaster paid for the Ashton Gardens as a gift for the people of Saint Anne's, and they are named in his honour. They are within a conservation area and listed in the Grade II division of the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. More recently additional protection has been sought by our action to have them designated as charity land. They retain most of their original features and were originally designed and laid out by Edward Thomas of Hopton in Shropshire. In 1914 the local Council took them over and commissioned a design by Fred Harrison of St. Annes who had an architectural practice in Manchester. However, his design was not implemented, and the gardens were partially re-landscaped by Pulham and Sons of London from 1914 to 1916 and the structural work was undertaken by the Council's Surveyor: J Stanley Sawdon. In 2010 they were restored and re-vamped again following the Council's receipt of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and in 2012 our group, with the aid of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund undertook the restoration of the monument to Lord Ashton's generosity in the Rose garden. The gardens are representative of their period, and widely cherished by the local community.

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Introduction

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is St Annes-on-the-Sea.
  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Opening Times (Ashton Gardens)

  • The venue is open 24hrs.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is St Georges Road Car Park.
    • The car park is located on St Georges Road.
  • On Street Blue Badge Parking View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
    • On street Blue Badge parking is located on St Georges Road.
  • On Street Standard Parking View
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 290cm x 500cm (9ft 6in x 16ft 5in).
    • Standard marked parking bays are located in St Georges Square, Beach Road and St Georges Road.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Access Point (St George's Square 1)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located off St George's Square.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
    • There are bollards at this access point.
    • The width of the entrance is 300cm. There is a bollard to the centre of the entrance way, reducing the width to approximately 150cm either side.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the pathway leading to and beyond the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Access Point (St George's Square 2)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located off St George's Square.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
    • The width of the entrance is 350cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the pathway leading to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Access Point (Clifton Drive North)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located off Clifton Drive North.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • There is a gate which opens away from you (push).
    • The gate is permanently held open.
    • The double gated entrance is 310cm wide. The single gated entrances either side are 110cm wide.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the pathway leading to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Access Point (Beach Road)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located off Beach Road.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
    • The width of the gap is 110cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located on the pathway leading to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Access Point (St George's Road)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located of St George's Road.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is step-free access at this access point.
    • There is a gate which opens away from you (push).
    • The gate is permanently held open.
    • The double gated entrance is 340cm wide. The single gated entrances either side are 120cm wide.

Parks and Gardens

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have tarmac and concrete surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are slight and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments View
    • The pathways lead to the war memorial, rose garden and Japanese gardens.
    • The pathways could become slippery during wet weather due to falling leaves.

Sports Area

  • There are 13 medium unmarked steps with handrails on both sides to access the sports pitch and the skate park.
  • The surface of the pathway around the perimeter of the sports area is tarmac.
  • The court in the sports area is used for basketball and five-a-side football.
  • The skate park has various steps and ramps.

Children's Play Area

  • The gate to the play area opens towards you (pull).
  • The gate is single.
  • The gate is heavy.
  • The gate has an opening width of 110cm.
  • The children's play area has surfaces of tarmac, dirt, grass, sand and soft rubber.
  • The adventure area is accessed via footpaths and steps.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 24m (26yd 9in) from the café entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located outside at the rear of the café building.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 148cm x 219cm (4ft 10in x 7ft 2in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is sensor.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the left.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 96cm (3ft 2in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a fee of 20p to use the accessible toilet if a Radar key is not available.

Standard Toilet(s)

Level Change (Toilets)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the toilets.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.