Fylde MP's delight at £19.5m sea defence works

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has praised the progress on the £19.5 million sea defences programme in Fylde.

Work on the scheme, stretching from Fairhaven Lake to Fairlawn Road, is well progressed and on target.

Mr Menzies said: “I’m delighted to see the progress being made on the sea defences.

“This £19.5 million of Government funding will help keep thousands of homes and businesses safe for decades to come, and stops us having to spend money on emergency repair after emergency repair.

“I fully supported the bid for the monies and it is great to see the works along the section between Fairlawn Road and Granny’s Bay so close to completion already."

The Government agreed to a further £2 million of funding to ensure the area between the two identified sea wall areas is brought up to the same standard.

“The additional £2 million awarded for the section between Fairhaven Lake and the first phase is most welcome," added Mr Menzies. "It will further improve the sea defences and ensure we have an attractive seafront area for residents and visitors.

“Combined with the Lottery funding for Fairhaven Lake, we are seeing huge investment on our coastline for all of our benefit.”

The Fairhaven and Church Scar coastal defence upgrade is taking place to replace ageing sea defences built in the 1890s.

While work continues on Phase I, the second phase at Fairhaven has started, and the works are expected to be complete in 2020.

Flood modelling identified 2,425 residential properties, schools and other facilities at risk should the old sea defences have failed.