St Annes Sea Wall, Pleasure Island – St Annes proposed sea defence works

Following the recent successful completion of the sea defence works along the coastline between Church Scar and Fairhaven Lake, Fylde Council have obtained funding from the Environment Agency to develop a feasibility study (Outline Business Case) to investigate various options for improving coastal erosion and flood risk management at Pleasure Island, St Annes.

The study area extends from Water’s Edge Café at the northern end, to the southern end of the Miniature Links Golf Course. The objective is to reduce the risk of flooding and erosion to businesses, and to protect people’s homes.

The feasibility study is at an early stage, and a number of alternative options are currently being considered, depending on input and feedback from numerous stakeholders including residents, and businesses.

What happens next?

For the project to proceed we require the feasibility report to be submitted to the Environment Agency for approval in 2021. In line with Government guidance the report will identify and consider various alternative options in terms of; technical viability, buildability, health and safety impacts, environmental opportunities and impacts (including carbon footprint). It will also include an economic assessment to compare the whole life cost of short-listed options, against their benefits. Following this assessment, a preferred solution will be identified which is likely to obtain approval for Government funding. It is anticipated, however, that Fylde Council will have to make a substantial capital contribution. More importantly, it will require your engagement and support.

Subject to approval of the feasibility report, completion of the detailed design and obtaining all necessary consents, licences and approvals, site works could commence as early as spring 2022.

Will I have the opportunity to input into the proposed works?

As the options for the scheme are developed in the following weeks and months, they will be posted on this website, for all to view and comment on, with the aim of determining the preferred Option for submission to the Environment Agency, later this year.  Face to face engagement will also be considered , but will be dependent on Covid-19 restrictions at the time.