The Borough Council appointed Scott Wilson as experts to advise on the future management of Ashton Gardens.
Their final report of January 2001- "Ashton Gardens Historical Restoration Management Plan" offers the following advice:
At paragraph 3.83 of their report, they say that the park "retains most of its original features and is a representative example of public parks of the period"
At paragraph 3.83 of their report, referring to earlier development proposals in the site of the Ashton Institute, they say, "both of these proposals place a higher emphasis on the expansion of the commercial centre of St Annes than on its cultural and historic heritage recognised by this document and the Department of National Heritage"
At paragraph 2.13 of their report they say that the Ashton Institute "makes an important contribution to the historic character of the gardens and to its Grade II listing"
At paragraph 5.59 of their report they say "The denial of planning permission to develop on any area of this garden must be seen as a key to the retention and restoration of the historic character of the gardens. This relates not only to the change in boundary that would result from such development and loss of land but to the irreversible change that would result from demolishing an original and public building, such as the Ashton Institute and its replacement with privately owned hard space or buildings".
The Councils own experts oppose development proposals on the area.