Reshaping dunes plan to beat sand

Wind blown sand in St Annes.
Wind blown sand in St Annes.
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A NEW scheme to stop wind-blown sand blighting residents’ lives is set to be discussed by councillors.

Some £250,000 is set to be spent improving the Fylde coast’s sand dunes over the next five years – and Fylde Council has identified a key scheme for St Annes.

The council set up a task and finish group in a bid to find a proactive way of managing the problem in the town, and now councillors are set to approve their recommendations.

The proposed Sand Dunes Management Action Plan will be discussed by the Community Focus Scrutiny Committee.

It involves two key dunes schemes, topping off the sand dunes by around two metres and erecting posts and fencing between Sandgate Road and North Beach car park.

According to the report, the group is recommending measures to manage two sections of the dunes – between Todmorden Road and the Coastguard station and Bentinck Road to Todmorden Road.

The first involves “encouraging the sand dune to develop on the beach adjacent to the car park section to allow for dunes to be on both sides of the wall”.

The dunes adjacent to Summerfields would be routinely cleaned to ease pressure on the wall. If approved, it would require a specialist consultant and be subject to a detailed planning application.

The second project, to re-profile the dunes between Bentinck Road and Todmorden Road, will include the reduction of the height of the dunes on the roadside and an increase in the width of the dune system on the seaward side.

It is hoped both schemes could be dealt with as one large project, subject to planning permission.

The Environment Agency has identified £250,000 for conservation works over the next five years, and Fylde Council hopes its scheme will be given priority. The meeting will take place tonight (Thursday) at St Annes Town Hall.