Sea defence upgrade work set to begin

Knott End floods, taken by reader Neil Smith
Knott End floods, taken by reader Neil Smith
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The Environment Agency is upgrading coastal defences at Knott End in a bid to reduce flood risk to around 565 homes and businesses.

Work is scheduled to begin later this month to replace the existing post and panel fencing on the Esplanade with a more robust wall that will be set back slightly to reduce the amount of water that can splash over it during high tides and storms.

The wall will be protected from coastal erosion by repairing the existing concrete slope and building new stone armour in front of the wall.

The Environment Agency is also working with Wyre Council to connect the existing flood defences at the western end of Knott End by building another new sea defence wall around the ferry slipway, which will include a new concrete slope and stone armour to protect it.

The work is expected to take around 20 weeks to complete and the Environment Agency says disruption will be kept to a minimum.

However, the footpath along the Promenade will be closed during the works to provide safe access for vehicles and machinery.

A diversion route will be signed and access to local properties will be maintained.

But before work even begins, the team responsible for designing the defences want to give the local community a chance to see the plans in detail and ask any questions they may have.

A drop-in session will be held at Knott End Methodist Church on Lancaster Road, between 2pm and 6pm tomorrow.

Anybody that would like more information but cannot make it to the drop-in session should contact Gary Hilton at the Environment Agency on (01925) 542330.