Wyre Council’s £40m sea defences project has been given the green light, with works due to begin from Monday 5 September 2022.
The Wyre Beach Management Scheme aims to reduce the risk of coastal erosion and tidal flooding to over 11,000 properties and infrastructure within Wyre.
The project is funded by the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to help tackle flooding in the country.
Wyre is especially at risk of coastal flooding due to high tides and high waves during storms. This results in beach material moving away from the defences and lowers the beach levels.
In turn, this increases the risk of the existing sea defences being undermined and allows bigger waves to break.
Carl Green, Head of Engineering at Wyre Council, commented, “This project is essential to help protect Wyre’s coast from future flooding. It is hoped that 11,000 properties and other infrastructure will be better protected.
“We’re working with our partners to help tackle the issue of flooding in the area and the Wyre Beach Management Scheme is just one of the projects we’re working on.
“We are trying to ensure that there will be as little disruption as possible to nearby residents and beach visitors, but with the sea levels rising and changing weather conditions, we need to act now to ensure our coastline is protected.”
Phase 1 of the work will begin from Monday 5 September which involves constructing rock scour protection which will prevent the sea defences being undermined during storms between Cleveleys and Rossall.
In order to help facilitate the works, most of Jubilee Gardens will be closed to the public during the project and some traffic and pedestrian control on the promenade opposite the gardens will be in place. However you will still be able to travel along North Promenade and visit the beach.
It is expected that phase 1 of the scheme will conclude late July 2023, with phase 2 starting shortly after and finish March 2027.
To find out more about the Wyre Beach Management Scheme, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/beachmanagement.