A brand new sea defense at Anchorsholme will provide more flood protection to 4,500 homes nearby and local residents are beginning to see how the finished product will look.
The new 1km seawall stretches from Little Bispham to Kingsway and has been secured thanks to funding from the Environment Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
A sloped revetment, along with shaped wave-breaking units and a rear wave wall have been installed on the first 67.2 meters of the project.
Cllr Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for urban regeneration, said: “As well as flood protection, the scheme will also see improvements to Princes Way and the access between the promenade and the park and I’m sure that the final product will be of the highest quality.
“We’ve tried to keep residents informed as much as possible while the scheme progresses and only recently held a set of public meetings with the residents to keep them up to date with the project, as well as with the United Utilities work to improve bathing water that is happening on the park at the same time.”
The Anchorsholme project is being led by the Fylde Peninsula Coastal Program (FPCP) partnership which is led by Blackpool Council, Wyre Borough Council and the Environment Agency, with the construction carried out by experienced coastal engineers Balfour Beatty, who recently completed the £75m sea defenses in central Blackpool, as well as phases 2, 3 and 4 of the £19m Cleveleys Coastal Protection Scheme.