£20m sea defence project go-ahead

Artist's impression of the new sea defences at Church Scar, Fairhaven
Artist's impression of the new sea defences at Church Scar, Fairhaven
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Here is a look at how south Fylde sea defences will look following the completion of a £20m Government project which is set to get under way later this year.

The work at Fairhaven and Church Scar, overlooking what is affectionately known at Granny’s Bay at the mouth of the River Ribble, is part of Fylde-coast wide improvements designed to protect some 14,000 homes.

Artist's impression of the new sea defences at Church Scar, Fairhaven

Artist's impression of the new sea defences at Church Scar, Fairhaven

Set to take two years, with completion expected in the latter part of 2019, the work has been given the go-ahead by Fylde planners following an extensive consultation process.

Along with safeguarding thousands of home from the possible ravages of the sea for decades to come, councillors are keen to ensure the protrection of natural features in the area.

The current coastal defences in the area date back to the late 1890s and are said to be in a poor condition, requiring emergency repairs to be financed every year to prevent a breach.

Coun David Eaves, chairman of Fylde Council’s operational management committee, said: “Fylde Council is delighted to be on the verge of drawing down this much-needed central government funding to protect our residents’ properties from flooding and coastal erosion.

“But at the same time we are undertaking measures to protect the sensitive natural ecology and environment, including the very important over-wintering bird roosts.

“This work will be designed and constructed to last another 100 years.”

Announcing the scheme in 2015, then Environment Secretary Liz Truss said: “This is another example of infrastructure funded by the UK Government as part of our long-term economic plan and will mean greater peace of mind for thousands of people who are at risk from flooding.”