Fylde Council will introduce major plans to secure sea defences and future management of the coastline at a one-day public exhibition to be held at the Town Hall between 8.30am and 9pm on Wednesday 2 April.
Work, estimated to cost £17m, on improved sea defences at Fairhaven Lake and Church Scar may, if Environment Agency cash is forthcoming, begin as soon as 2017. Sea defences at Pleasure Island are also being considered although with a longer timescale – possibly 20 years.
Wider Coastal Masterplan proposals aim to boost Fylde’s attractiveness to residents and tourists by improved management, maintenance and development of the borough’s coastal assets.
The sea defence proposals and Coastal Masterplan proposals will both be open to public consultation at the exhibition, but both public consultations will be carried out separately.
Councillor David Eaves, Fylde Council leader, said: “Sea defences are being improved across the entire Fylde Coast and we will consider using the opportunity to improve the entire coastal strip.
“The area still looks great but we have seen at Blackpool and Cleveleys how works to sea defences can be used to improve the entire appeal of the area. Fylde has the opportunity to follow the same route.”
Press Release, March 28, 2014