Pressing on in battle of dunes

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FLEETWOOD’S battle to get its holiday beach clear of sand dunes will continue – despite being given little hope by those in authority.

A statement from Natural England has given no encouragement for those who want to see the area restored to the days when the level was 10ft lower and people could sit there in the sunshine.

Sand blown from the beach derailed the first supertram into Fleetwood but the beach cannot be touched because it is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, Coun Alan Marsh, trams could be derailed again.

He said: “Let’s get some common sense – we will move the plants. We don’t want to destroy these things: we will just move them further up the beach.

“We want people to be able to get off the trams and look at an attractive beach. We won’t give up on this one and will gather allies to try to get something done.”

Neil Clark, area manager for Natural England, said: “Removing the legal protection won’t stop the natural processes of wind, waves and tide.

“Natural England is committed to working closely with Wyre Council to ensure this special site is carefully managed and enhanced for the benefit of people and wildlife.

“We are supportive of short term measures such as last year when we were able to agree removing the weeds and trees from the top of Fleetwood beach.”