£108m cash boost for Fylde coast flood defences

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A £108m Fylde coast sea defence scheme is to get the go-ahead.

The joint Blackpool and Wyre Council project will see 13,000 households protected from flooding with crumbling defences rebuilt at Anchorsholme and Rossall.

The funding for the massive project was announced by the Environment Agency who said the cash was being put in place to reduce the risk of sea defences bursting.

More than £80m is to be invested at Rossall and £28m at Anchorsholme from the Government’s announcement, which will fund 93 schemes nationwide.

Blackpool and Wyre Councils are working in partnership to replace sea defences from Kingsway to Little Bispham at Anchorsholme and between Rossall Hospital and Rossall Point.

Coun Roger Berry, cabinet member with responsibility for sea defences at Wyre Council, said: “I’m delighted that we have been successful in our request for government funding to be allocated for vital improvements to our seawall.

“We’ve moved a step closer to securing extra protection for thousands of homes and businesses.

Coun Gary Coleman, cabinet member for regeneration at Blackpool Council, said: “The residents of Anchorsholme have been waiting many years for the news that their homes would be protected by a new sea wall.

“Today’s news is a fantastic boost for the area and moves us one step closer to work starting on site.

A series of public consultation events will be held in the areas during March.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: “The 93 schemes given the green light today will bring huge relief to tens of thousands of homes and businesses that have lived with the fear of flood waters hitting their doors.

“They can get on with their daily lives and work knowing that there are well built defences.