Wyre Council has recently submitted a planning application for phase one of their Beach Management Scheme, which will protect 11,000 homes and businesses along the coastline and beyond.

Councillor Roger Berry, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services and Community Safety at Wyre Council explains, “This project involves a significant investment of £40 million which will benefit Cleveleys and the surrounding area by further protecting properties from flooding. I’m delighted that we’ve made this first planning application and we look forward to starting work as soon as we can.

The first phase of the Beach Management Scheme involves placing layers of rock armour underneath the beach at the base of the sea wall to protect existing defences from scour and undermining should beach levels drop during a storm. Once complete, this work will not be visible. It will cover an 883 metre length of sea defences between Café Cove at Cleveleys and the southern end of Rossall School grounds, known locally as The Tank Traps. Work is planned to start in May 2021 and be complete by Christmas 2021.

The second phase of the Beach Management Scheme will start once this phase is finished and will take three years to complete. It involves constructing rock armour groynes to help build a high stable beach which will in turn reduce wave height and energy and the risk of overtopping and damage to the sea defences. It will span the coastline from Kingsway to Fleetwood and will be subject to a separate planning application due to be submitted later in the year.

Councillor Berry continues, “Part of our planning application involves the use of an area of Jubilee Gardens as our site compound and for storage. This is still at application stage however if approved we want to reassure residents and businesses that we will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum. We have seen that people have raised concerns about the play area and the car park. However, if we get the go ahead we will only be occupying a part of the car park. The car park will be closed during the week but it will still be open at the weekends.

“We will be using a part of the central grassed area but there will still be a significant area of green space that’s kept free to use. The new play equipment is going to be relocated within the park and will be open for use throughout, as will the skate park and the rest of the play areas.  Any areas of the car park and the green space used will be reinstated at the end of the project. We remain committed to supporting the Friends of Jubilee Gardens and will be working with them to look at delivering elements of their masterplan for the park.

“I want to reassure residents that the recent road closures in Cleveleys were for filming that was taking place and are not related to this project. We will be working with the contractor on proposed traffic routes. Traffic lights will be placed on North Promenade between Jubilee Gardens and Carr Gate in order for site vehicles to cross the highway safely. The traffic lights will predominantly be on green for the North Promenade traffic, only turning red when a truck needs to cross. The highway will not be closed, other than for a short period whilst we carry out strengthening works to the highway for the road crossing. We have already consulted with local stakeholders including residents and businesses in the area and we will continue to keep them informed as the scheme progresses. As the contractors begin work we are committed to being a good neighbour and together we look forward to strengthening the flood defences along our coastline.”

To read more and to view a plan of the proposed area to be used for the site compound and storage visit www.wyre.gov.uk/beachmanagement