Fylde coast’s £17m sea defence regeneration scheme has been given a major boost with hopes it may start two years sooner than expected.
Engineering bosses at Fylde Council have been told by Whitehall chiefs that work on the Church Scar and Fairhaven sea walls could start in 2016/17.
Now the council has to wait and see whether the Environment Agency agrees to fund the projects when the £17m bid is considered this August.
Fylde coast residents will also get the chance to have their say on the council’s “preferred option” this spring as part of a consultation process.
The choice is between a stepped revetment, as in place in Cleveleys, a sloping revetment or “rock armour” – a wall of large rocks.
Coun Tommy Threlfall, Fylde Council cabinet member for Environment and Partnerships, said: “The Environment Agency has indicated that more than £16m is earmarked for Fylde, so we now have to come up with a preferred option that they are prepared to support.
“The good news is that if they will support our scheme then the work will start two years earlier than we were told previously.
“I am so pleased because we have worked so hard on this and it appears there is now light at the end of the tunnel.”