Why is this being done?
Fylde Council require the work to be undertaken area in order to protect peoples’ homes and sustain economic growth as the existing sea defence wall is deteriorating. By replacing it now, we will continue to protect the area from flooding. The combined flood and erosion risk, contains 2,425 residential properties, schools and infrastructure serving the wider area.
A breach at Fairhaven Lake would allow frequent tidal flooding of the low-lying amenity area and associated buildings surrounding Fairhaven Lake. A breach would also expose the embankment just before the highway to frequent tidal action. Loss of the seawall at Fairhaven Lake would remove the support the seawall provides to the precious natural asset of the sand dunes locked between Fairhaven Lake and Pleasure Island.
Likewise, at Church Scar, following failure of the revetment seawall here, it would lead to a rapid erosion of the dune grassland behind, towards the setback properties, and eventually result in a breach through to the extensive low lying land at Lytham.