Funding for £17m sea defences to be confirmed in 2015

The Fylde coastline
The Fylde coastline
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A multi-million pound plan to rebuild part of the Fylde coast’s sea walls could start next year, once funding is approved.

Earlier this year it was revealed the Environment Agency would provide £175,000 towards a study by consultants into strengthening defences atFairhaven Lake and Church Scar.

The study, if successful, could lead to £17m being provided by the Environment Agency to repair damaged sea walls.

A spokesman for Fylde Council said: “In July there will be a detailed site investigation done by consultants, looking at the beach, currents and force of the sea.

“Having done that, they will write a report which will suggest the necessary defences and that will form the basis of a public consultation in September.

“When we have the results we will put a final report together and expect that to be completed by December.

“We will submit it in January, and expect a final decision in February.”

If Environment Agency cash is forthcoming, work could begin as soon as 2017 and take two years to finish.