MP welcomes flood defence work

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today welcomed ongoing work to modernise vital flood defence equipment in Lytham.

The Environment Agency scheme to replace the old wooden pen stocks with modern metal barriers beneath the bridge at Preston Road is currently underway.

As part of the project, workers will also clear away silt which has been allowed to build up in the tunnels below the road, stopping water clearing from Main Drain into the Ribble Estuary.

It is hoped the work will help alleviate recent issues with flooding to agricultural land nearby.

Mr Menzies said: “Since becoming an MP I have been pushing for the Environment Agency to take some positive action to tackle issues with flooding in this area and I am happy to see this work going ahead.

“While I am under no illusions that this will solve all the problems which have been causing the flooding to fields, something which has cost local farmers thousands of pounds in lost crops, I hope it will have a noticeable impact on water levels.

“Following on from this, the Environment Agency is undertaking a wider East Lytham project and has assured me it will soon be publishing the measures it thinks need to be taken to help resolve these issues once and for all and protect land and homes in Fylde.”

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