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.

March Opening Hours
Monday 1.00pm – 4.30pm
Thursday 1.00pm – 4.30pm (closed 10.01.19)
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

Well done to our team who were last night highly commended for the Community Project of the Year for the Morecambe Wave Reflection Wall Replacement at the #ICENWawards

Work has begun on the inlet at Fairhaven Lake!
This vital work will help to maintain water quality within the lake, as well as enabling the endangered eel species to pass in and out of the lake during tidal periods 🌊 @VBAJV

Our #VBA team at Fairhaven Sea Defence held an apprenticeship day with a group of A Level students from colleges across the North West. The students were given a site tour, followed by an overview of the project and a presentation from #VolkerStevin’s Head of HR. @fyldecouncil

Our #VBA team at #Fairhaven recently began installing the hand railing and balustrade for Phase 1 of the sea defence project at Church Scar. @fyldecouncil @EnvAgency

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