Sea wall scheme set for approval

An artists impression of sea defences proposed for Anchorsholme
An artists impression of sea defences proposed for Anchorsholme
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Planners are poised to approve the next £24m stage of Blackpool’s new sea defences.

The town’s planning committee is being recommended to agree the scheme when it meets on Monday. It will see 1km of sea wall rebuilt at Anchorsholme between Kingsway and Little Bispham.

Anchorsholme ward councillor Tony Williams said: “This scheme won’t only improve safety and prevent flooding, but it will really enhance the Promenade and Anchorsholme Park.

“Princes Way will be raised so it blends in and the park becomes a coastal feature.

“When the project is finished, parking will be for cars only and no motor homes will be allowed.

“There is an opportunity to provide parking off-road for motor homes away from the Promenade in a low profile area and we are looking at the options for that.

“This could include charging for motor homes with the funds raised used for further enhancements in the park.”

Town hall chiefs are still awaiting the final sign off for the Government funding, although it has been agreed in principle. The project will also see £55m invested in new sea defences between Rossall Hospital and Rossall Point in Fleetwood with plans set to go before neighbouring Wyre Council.