Tackling misery of sand blight

A garden in Summerfields, St Annes, covered in sand from the dunes.

A garden in Summerfields, St Annes, covered in sand from the dunes.

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A NEW scheme to stop wind-blown sand blighting residents lives is set to be discussed by councillors.

Some £250,000 is set to be spent improving the Fylde coast’s sand dunes over the next five years – and Fylde Council has identified a key scheme to improve St Annes.

The council set up a task and finish group in a bid to find a pro-active way of managing the problem of wind-blown sand in the town, and now councillors are set to approve putting their recommendations into action.

The proposed Sand Dunes Management Action Plan will be discussed by the Community Focus Scrutiny Committee when it meets next week, and involves implementing two key dunes schemes, topping off the sand dunes by around two metres and erecting posts and fencing between Sandgate Road and North Beach car park.

According to the report, the task and finish group is recommending measures be implemented to manage two sections of the dunes, between Todmorden Road and the Coastguard Station and Bentinck Road to Todmorden Road.

The report states the first scheme involves “encouraging the sand dune to develop on the beach adjacent to the car park section to allow for dunes to be on both sides of the wall.”

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The section of dunes adjacent to Summerfields would also be routinely cleaned in a bid to ease pressure on the wall.

If councillors approve the scheme, the report states it would require the input of a specialist consultant and be subject to a “detailed planning application”.

The second project, to re-profile the dunes between Bentinck Road and Todmorden Road, will include the reduction of the height of the dunes on the roadside and an increase in the width of the dune system on the seaward side.

It is hoped, if the committee gives them approval, both schemes could be dealt with as one large project, subject to planning permission.

The Environment Agency has identified £250,000 for “practical dune conservation works” over the next five years, and Fylde Council hope their scheme will be given priority. The £500 needed to relieve pressure on the wall at Summerfields will be taken from the council’s Community Services revenue budget.

The meeting will take place on June 14 at 6.15pm in St Annes Town Hall.

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