Work starts to tackle coastal flood problems

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Councillor Tommy Threlfall at Boundary Brook just outside Lytham

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Councillor Tommy Threlfall at Boundary Brook just outside Lytham

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Work is set to begin this month on improving land drainage around Fylde.

The issue – which has seen fields around Lytham waterlogged, particularly off Ballam Road – is one Coun Tommy Threlfall has been tackling for two years, and it has also been taken up by Fylde MP Mark Menzies.

High level talks have been held with the Environment Agency and representatives from Fylde’s farming community. The agency has now promised a consultation into the works that need to be carried out.

Major improvement works will begin next year, but work on the penstocks – which is a sluice to help control water flow – at Dock Bridge, Lytham, is due to start this month.

Coun Threlfall said: “The network needs to be more efficient, allowing more water to get out where it should be instead of standing in farmers’ fields.

“Although it’s taken quite a long time, at least changes are being made to improve drainage in Fylde.”

Mr Menzies said: “I have been inundated with complaints about flooding recently, with people affected in areas stretching from Staining through to Wrea Green, Lytham and Freckleton.

“This is one of the biggest issues currently affecting Fylde and is one I am anxious to see resolved.”

“When flooding affects businesses, it can cost them thousands of pounds and put their livelihoods at risk.

“But this is also affecting people’s homes and cannot be allowed to go on.”

A spokeswoman from the Environment Agency confirmed talks had taken place between the agency and Fylde representatives, and that maintenance works for the year included areas of Fylde.

Maintenance works include grass cutting and clearing the vegetation in drainage streams, allowing the water to flow quicker without blockages.

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