Have your say on sea defences

Sea defences scheme at Anchorsholme.
Sea defences scheme at Anchorsholme.
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THE final opportunity for residents to have their say on a proposed £25m sea defence project takes place tomorrow.

The Promenade at Anchorsholme is set for redevelopment as part of the scheme, which has been prompted by the continuing flooding of the area and the subsequent danger to those living behind it.

As a result, the Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme (FPCP), a partnership between Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Councils, has been created to rebuild a number of seawalls along the coast.

So far almost 250 people have attended two consultation events, held at Anchorsholme Library and Anchorsholme Methodist Church, in the past week.

Anchorsholme ward councillor Coun Paul Galley says he has been encouraged by the turnout at the events so far.

He said: “There’s a really positive energy and everyone’s really excited about it being built because it needs to be done in terms of being a sea defence and flood defence scheme, then there’s also the aesthetics angle to look at.”

Construction is proposed to commence from winter 2013 and be completed in the summer of 2015, subject to the final phase of the funding application process to the Environment Agency being successful.

It is also hoped that a regeneration of Anchorsholme Park will be incorporated into the final agreed scheme.

People attending the consultations have also been giving their views on what they think should be included in the scheme.

Coun Galley added: “People have been coming up with ideas for what they want to see and I think people are generally grateful that they’re being involved in this.

“We want it to be a project that has the people’s backing.”

The final consultation in the series will be held at St Teresa’s Church Hall, on St George’s Avenue, from noon tomorrow.

Both Coun Galley and fellow Anchorsholme councillor tony Williams thanked more than a dozen residents who responded to a plea on social networking site Facebook to help deliver 3,500 letters over the Easter bank holiday weekend to individual homes in Anchorsholme.

The letters advised of the times of the presentation and the display exhibitions.

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