Last Modified November 27, 2013
Blackpool has a marine frontage of about 11.25 kilometres, all of which is protected from erosion by the sea wall, which needs constant maintenance.
Engineering Services are responsible for the maintenance and improvement of seven miles of coastal defences. Under the Coastal Protection Act the Council must ensure the stability of the sea walls and ensure their continuing maintenance, for which a detailed Coast Protection Strategy was adopted by the Council in 1995.
Blackpool Council is nearing completion of a twenty year coastal defence strategy which seeks to rebuild those sections of defence most in need. £62 million of works have also been completed transforming the promenade between the Sandcastle Centre and North Pier, and a new 3.2 kilometre seawall has been built along the same stretch. This has been Blackpool's largest ever civil engineering project to date and took four years to construct working from South to North.
Rossall and Anchorsholme Coast Protection Scheme
Blackpool and Wyre Councils are working in partnership to improve and replace sea defences between Rossall Hospital and Rossall Point and from Kingsway to Little Bispham at Anchorsholme, protecting 12,000 properties from the risk of coastal flooding. The series of major new coastal defences is one of the largest flood defence programmes in the UK.
Defra and the Environment Agency formally approved £86million of funding in October 2013 with construction due to start at both sites in the new year. The huge programme of work is expected to be complete in 2015.
Blackpool Council is committed to continuous community consultation throughout the construction of the new seawall and held a series of public engagement events in November 2013 detailing the programme of work. The events were attended by key project officers as well as a representative from the contractor. Planning for future community consultation events is currently underway and when the dates are finalised they will be published on the website and social media pages.
In addition to the seawall scheme, United Utilities need to carry out construction work in the adjacent Anchorsholme Park as part of their on-going programme of investment to improve water quality along the Fylde Coast.
The designs are still in the development stage but when the plans are more fully developed United Utilities will hold further public events so you can find out more about the scheme. As part of the design process United Utilities need to carry out site investigations which will commence in November. For safety reasons, working areas will be temporarily fenced off.
Blackpool Council and United Utilities are working closely together, identifying how park users can be accommodated during the proposed works and developing a long term plan for the regeneration of Anchorsholme Park.