The Lytham St Annes Civic Society has always been opposed to the sale of part of the gardens, particularly one of the original structures as in the Ashton Institute.
Chairman Marion Coupe said "We do not believe that the council will be successful in its bid for Heritage Lottery funding because of its policy of disposal of part of the "heritage" asset, and because of local opposition to the sale which makes it at the very least, controversial."
The Lytham St Annes Civic Society submitted two responses to consultations, one in respect of the demolition and another in respect of the redevelopment. Both opposed the application.
The first included "It is quite incredible that this demolition should even be considered at this particular time. The historic and amenity value of this park, and of the promenade gardens is just beginning to be appreciated. The demolition of this building could - and should - seriously affect the award of any grants for the park as a whole."
and "The proposed residential development will be very close to the park and could affect the privacy of those using it. The demolition of the pavilion would bring the flats very close indeed to the bowling green."
The application for construction of retirement flats was also opposed, drawing attention to the adverse affect on light reaching the bowling green, the integrity of the park and the privacy of those using it.