Project update: Rossall Sea Wall

Wyre Council is replacing two kilometres of sea defences, from Rossall Hospital to Rossall Point, in a £63m coastal defence scheme that will protect 7,500 properties from the risk of flooding.

Thursday, 25th January 2018, 10:45 am
Updated Thursday, 25th January 2018, 10:50 am
An artists impression of Larkholme grasslands at Rossall Sea Wall

What’s happening?

Work is now nearing completion with the formal opening of the scheme planned for spring 2018.

All the beach works are now complete including the rock revetment, rock groynes, cross over ramps and all the beach access steps.

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The final parts of the curved sea wall are being installed to close the gap.

What next?

An ecology park is also being created at the Larkholme Grasslands ecology park on the landward side of the defences.

This has been designed by Stephen Broadbent, a British sculptor who specialises in public art.

The strip of grassland, from West Way to Fairway, is already classed as a biological heritage site because of the rarer species of flora and fauna that grow there.

The area will be enhanced to allow residentsto enjoy the rich and diverse wildlife.

Artwork will also be embedded into the design.

Reaction:

Roger Berry, portfolio holder at Wyre Council, said: “This project has been such an important one for Wyre.

“We know that ultimately our residents simply want to feel safe and this scheme will help to protect thousands of homes, business and the local community from the risk of flooding.

“I am looking forward to seeing the vision for Larkholme Grasslands come to life and we will be encouraging local residents to become custodians of the area.

“It is hoped the grasslands will be a place of enjoyment and discovery particularly for our schoolchildren because of the unique species within it.”