Fairhaven & Church Scar Sea Defence Project

What’s going on at Fairhaven and Church Scar Prom?

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.

How long will the work take?
The construction work is expected to start early January 2018 with completion in 2020. You may notice us start to set up the site in December 2017, this will allow the work to begin after the Christmas period.

Who’s doing the work?
The main contractor is VBA, a joint venture between VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins, who has been appointed by Fylde Borough Council to undertake the works on behalf of the Environment Agency. VBA specialises in designing and constructing sustainable flood and coastal defences throughout the UK.

Have you got any questions?

We have a dedicated customer drop-in centre for the duration of the project, which is located next to our construction site on the playing field off Fairlawn Road. The opening hours will be posted outside of the centre. Please pop in to discuss any concerns, or to find out more information about the project.

November Opening Hours
Monday 1.00pm – 4.30pm
Thursday 1.00pm – 4.30pm
Friday 9.00am – 12.30pm

If the above times are unsuitable please contact the customer team on 01253 658 658 to arrange a convenient time.

Alternatively, you can contact us by emailing listening@fylde.gov.uk

Keep up with progress on social media

Safety Ripple week begins at #VolkerStevin today. Our HSEQS team is holding a host of office and site based activities throughout the week to celebrate our continued commitment and success of our safety programme, #SafetyRipple.

Well done to our #VBA site team at Fairhaven who have already made some great donations for the #ReverseAdventCalendar. Everything collected throughout December will be donated to the sites’ local food bank @FyldeFoodbank #UKCharityWeek

We are delighted to have featured in the 2018 edition of @UKWaterProjects with a case study highlighting the success of our ongoing works at the #Fairhaven to Church Scar coastal protection scheme with @fyldecouncil. Read the article here https://t.co/17PGDF9svU

One of our senior project managers from #VBA will be attending a community drop in session at Hambledon Village Hall today. We will be attending with the
@EnvAgencyNW and @JacobsConnects to discuss the proposed flood defence scheme. Find out more here: https://t.co/FO48RXsDsE

Our #VBA team at Paull Holme Strays held a two minute silence in memory of our fallen heroes. Our team includes two men who have served, #VBA general foreman who served in the @RoyalNavy and former @BritishArmy Captain on site from our sub-contractor, Killingleys. #LestWeForget

If you have a real Christmas tree, check out the different ways they can be recycled this year, including a way to help @trinity_hospice! 🎄🎄🎄


Christmas sing-a-long @pv4ulytham EcoPod this Saturday. Tickets available in the cafe now @fyldecouncil @KandSMusic https://t.co/TFgerGyTNI

You may have noticed some new signs around our car parks..

They have blue reflectors that turn into place when temperatures drop to show if there's a threat of icy conditions.❄️

This allows pedestrians & drivers to change their behaviour before they have an incident on the ice.

We had a wonderful day at the #thankstoyou event! Thank you to the 437 people who came to see the display and a huge thanks to the @FriendsofFairh1 for sharing the stories and putting the displays together! @fyldecouncil @DiscoverFylde @HLFNorthWest @TNLUK @LottoGoodCauses

Today Fairhaven Lake are taking part in the National Lottery's #ThanksToYou event!

By presenting a lottery ticket or scratch card you'll get free exclusive access to the Fairhaven archive displayed in the Isaac Dixon Boathouse.

Find out more via: https://t.co/qAmBg6ihYe