Relief at boost to sea wall rebuild

The sea wall at Anchorsholme
The sea wall at Anchorsholme
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STORM-BATTERED residents today expressed their relief as plans to re-build a precarious sea wall were given a boost.

As The Gazette revealed yesterday, a £100m bid to modernise sea defences between Anchorsholme and Rossall is now being considered by the Environment Agency.

The projects – put forward by Blackpool and Wyre councils – will be considered in the next three months, with residents hopeful they will be approved.

Stretches of the wall are said to have an estimated lifespan of less than five years.

Retired teacher Paul King, 60, and his wife Marion, 58, from Huntingdon Road, Anchorsholme, live metres away from the sea wall and have welcomed the news.

Mr King said: “The weather is a constant concern. When there are storms the road is shut and all the traffic is diverted along our street.

“Blackpool’s sea defences have been done up to Bispham and a beautiful job has been done to Cleveleys, but we are stuck in the middle.”

Mrs King added: “It would be fantastic if they can make this area as nice as Cleveleys.

“One of our concerns is they have improved the sea defences in Blackpool and Cleveleys and if there’s a big storm, it will funnel over here.”

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Another Huntingdon Road resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “When you go down on to the beach, a lot of the re-inforced cables are exposed and sticking up.

“This is dangerous when you take your children down there and I’m hoping it will be modernised.

“We get a lot of traffic in this street when the Prom is closed and I want to see the sea defences re-designed.”

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, added: “This is superb news for the local residents.

“After all the work in the centre of Cleveleys, it’s pleasing to see the short stretches to the north and south should now get the attention they desperately need.

“I hope the Environment Agency give it the green light.”

Coun Fred Jackson, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We are currently seeking to appoint a contractor partner who will work at their own expense to help produce the business case for both schemes.

“If we can secure this funding and complete the two schemes it will mean the Fylde coast will be protected from coastal flooding for many years to come.”