Diggers move on to beach for the summer

Work is taking place on Clevleys beach to move shingle and improve the groynes to stop the erosion of the steps and prevent water coming on to the paths
Work is taking place on Clevleys beach to move shingle and improve the groynes to stop the erosion of the steps and prevent water coming on to the paths
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Deck chairs have been replaced with diggers on a Cleveleys stretch of sand as essential work begins to prolong its life-span.

Extra sand and shingle is being added to the area around steps leading on to the beach in what is a nine week project to prevent erosion.

Sand is being transported down the Fylde coast from Fleetwood to raise the level of the beach and groynes will be extended in rock to reduce the effect of waves spilling over the side and on to pathways during high tide or ferocious storms.

Jane Littlewood, chairman of Visit Cleveleys, supports the work.

She said: “The bottom of the sea defences are quite exposed in places which is quite a problem, so extending the groynes and shingle will keep them in good shape for the future.

“There’s a lot of water that comes up against the steps, so by pulling the shingle up against them it will create more of a natural slope so the water won’t be as high against the sea wall.”

Coun Roger Berry, (pictured) cabinet member with responsibility for sea defences at Wyre Council, said: “Unfortunately, there will be some disruption for nearby residents, mainly from the wagons bringing in rocks and sand.

“However, we have measures in place to ensure this is kept to a minimum.”

Work is only being carried out during daylight hours and vehicles will be speed restricted from Thornton Gate to Rossall Promenade.