Residents get a say on £108m scheme

Wyre Council staff repairing Fleetwood's sea wall.
Wyre Council staff repairing Fleetwood's sea wall.
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WYRE residents will have their say on a £108m sea defence scheme.

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

Residents in Wyre will get to give their views on the proposed scheme, including the appearance of sea defences and access to the promenade and beach.

Coun Roger Berry, of Wyre Council said: “In the next few weeks we will be contacting residents informing them of the progress so far and the likely future timescales of the scheme.

“We will be inviting them to view detailed drawings of our preferred option for the sea defences on the web, at libraries and community centres.”

More than £80m of the money is to be invested in the Rossall defences at Fleetwood, with £28m to be spent at Anchorsholme.

Secretary of the Fleetwood Development Partnership Bob Boal welcomed the consultation.

He said: “It will be good to have this consultation and hear what plans they have.

“I have some concerns about how big rocks will be used as part of the scheme and the look of them, but it presents a great chance to make some improvements to the area.”

The Gazette has previously reported Blackpool residents will also be consulted.

Once residents’ views have been considered, the final plans will be submitted to the Environment Agency, with work due to start before the end of the year.