MP told sea defence plan is crucial for Fylde coast

Esther McKey inspects sea defences at Fylde
Esther McKey inspects sea defences at Fylde

A cabinet member was told of the urgency for sea defence improvements on the Fylde coast after meeting with councillors and officers.

The Employment Minister and Flood Envoy for the North of England, Esther McVey MP, was in Fylde as part of a wider visit to examine flood defences across the Fylde coast.

After visiting Fleetwood and Blackpool she examined sea defences at Fairhaven Lake and Church Scar and was told £17m of Environment Agency (EA) cash was needed to rebuild defences for the future.

Coun Tommy Threlfall, Fylde Council cabinet member for environment and partnerships, said: “We explained that the sea defences are a vital protection against possible flooding and that major works are needed.

“She listened intently and saw first-hand how the existing defences need replacing – we are constantly patching them up and it is getting 
increasingly expensive. We have been in extensive talks with the EA, which is funding similar work elsewhere.

“We look forward to a positive outcome when the EA announces its medium-term investment plan for coastal defences soon.”

The visit was organised in conjunction with the Fylde Peninsula Coastal Partnership which includes Fylde, Blackpool, Wyre and Lancashire County councils, and the EA.