Artist's impression of the completed sea defences at Rossall.

Welcome to the Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme Website  

 

This website has been created to provide local residents, businesses and interest groups with real-time news about the Rossall and Anchorsholme coastal defence schemes, as well as project information and key contacts for the development.

The website will be regularly updated with relevant project news. Our recent news can be found on the Project Updates page and the latest news feeds on this page.

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Project overview

The Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme (FPCP) is a partnership between Wyre Council, Blackpool Council, Fylde Borough Council, the Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council and United Utilities. Balfour Beatty has been appointed as the main contractor to construct the £86million coastal defence schemes at Rossall and Anchorsholme, which will greatly reduce the risk of flooding to the local community. Working with the FPCP, Balfour Beatty will be delivering two kilometres of coastal defence from Rossall Hospital to Rossall Point. In Anchorsholme, a one kilometre coastal sea wall will be developed from Kingsway to Little Bispham.

Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS)

The Rossall and Anchorsholme coastal defence schemes are registered to Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). The Considerate Constructors Scheme is the national initiative set up by the construction industry to improve its image.

Construction sites and companies that register with the Scheme are monitored against a Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. This initiative encourages contractors to give a commitment over and above the legal minimum site requirements regarding:

  • Cleanliness

  • Responsibility

  • Quietness

  • Tidiness

  • Safety

  • Accountability

The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment.

For more information, please visit http://www.ccscheme.org.uk or click here to download the CCS Scheme Overview brochure

Latest news- Rossall

Rossall Seawall Tells the Story of the Sea Swallow

Published 17.11.16

A new seawall at Rossall will tell the story of The Sea Swallow, cementing its place on the Mythic Coast.

Concrete units depicting artwork and poetry from the children's book, which brings to life the folklore and myth surrounding the local coastline, are being installed as part of Wyre Council's work to replace sea defences between West Way and Rossall Point.

wc sea swallow units being installed oct 16

The story is told at the northern end of the site, where the new seawall meets the existing wall. The artwork faces the sea and will be visible to anyone enjoying the new promenade when it re-opens next year.

Councillor Roger Berry, Cabinet member with responsibility for sea defences at Wyre Council, said: "The Sea Swallow artwork is a lovely feature in what will eventually be an attractive new seawall. We couldn't miss an opportunity to bring a little of the Mythic Coast's magic to the new defences and add to the artwork trail between Cleveleys and Rossall.

"When the promenade reopens around this time next year, the local community will not only have much greater protection from the risk of flooding but also a fantastic new amenity that can be enjoyed by all."

The Mythic Coast is an artwork trail beginning at Cleveleys, with a memorial to all the ships wrecked off the Fylde coast between 1643 and 2008. Characters from The Sea Swallow, including a giant stainless steel seashell and sea ogre carved from limestone, are dotted northwards along the promenade and beach before the trail ends at Rossall Point Observation Tower.

Simon Barker, Project Director for Balfour Beatty, the main contractor for the sea defences, said: “This is an exciting development in the construction of the coastal defences at Rossall Beach, with a large proportion of the main concrete units now in place the seawall is steadily taking shape.

"Together with the council we’re focussed on constructing resilient coastal defences but also on making this a pleasant place for the community to come and visit, and the Sea Swallow artwork will add a novel and attractive feature to our coastline. Our focus is now on completing the seawall and commencing work on the promenade.”

The seawall at the southern end of the site, at West Way, will also replicate features from The Sea Swallow in the same way, as work progresses in the coming months.

Wyre Council is replacing two kilometres of defences from Rossall Hospital to Rossall Point in a £63m coastal defence scheme that will protect 7,500 properties from the risk of flooding.

325,000 tonnes of rock armour are being used to create the base of the defences, to weather the harsh conditions on this exposed part of the coastline and allow the beach to build up in the area.

Between the rock revetment and the promenade, specially manufactured precast concrete is being used to form a stepped revetment to break the waves. The promenade will look similar in design to Cleveleys and is due to re-open when construction finishes in November 2017.

To find out more call into the information cabin at West Way car park which is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5.30pm.

Find out more about the Mythic Coast at wyre.gov.uk/mythiccoast.

Latest news- Anchorsholme

Princes Way Re-opens as Sea Defence Works Near Completion

Published 13.10.16, updated 17.11.16

With construction works on the new £27m sea defences in Anchorsholme nearing completion, Princes Way road reopened to traffic on 4 November 2016.

completed section of new sea wall at anchorsholme

The road re-opened in both directions and has been timed to ease potential congestion as Anchorsholme Lane West closed on the same day to allow for the renovations at Anchorsholme Park by United Utilities as part of their on-going programme of investment to improve water quality along the Fylde Coast.

Princes Way, which was prone to severe flooding during bad weather and high tides, has now been raised to the same level as Anchorsholme Park. This is designed to prevent the road closures previously caused by flooding and also provide park users with a convenient access from the Promenade.

elevated road princes way 2

Once completed the new sea defences will provide better flood protection to around 4,500 properties.

Some additional work to the headland adjacent to Princes Way will need to be completed in the New Year and while it is hoped that the road will remain open during this time, temporary traffic lights will be required.

Cllr Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Municipal Assets, said: “I’m really pleased that we’re able to open Princes Way to traffic again and it’s something that we’ve been keen to make happen as soon as possible.

“As well as the road re-opening to traffic, most of the new sea front promenade will be available for people to use, which is exciting.

“With the road being completely closed to all traffic while the construction work has gone on, people will barely recognise the area when they revisit. The road has been elevated significantly and the battered old sea defences have been replaced with a brand new public realm that not only is pleasant to visit but, more importantly, keeps the sea at bay.

wave breakers at anchorsholme sea defence works

“Over £100m worth of investment is taking place in Anchorsholme at the moment with the sea defence scheme and United Utilities reconstruction of the park. I am extremely grateful to the neighbours for being so patient while the construction work continues and can guarantee them that the end result will be worth the short term disruption.”

Simon Barker, Balfour Beatty’s Project Director, said: “The series of major new coastal defences across Rossall and Anchorsholme represents the largest flood defence programme in the UK currently.

“Local residents have been very supportive and understanding of the necessary closure of the promenade, so we’re pleased that they’ll soon be able to view the results of this vital work to protect properties and businesses in this community.”

Andy Shore, Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management Senior Advisor, said: “The Environment Agency is committed to increasing the resilience of people, property and businesses to the risks of flooding and coastal erosion.

“In Lancashire on the Fylde coast we are working closely with Blackpool Council, Wyre Council, Fylde Council and our contractors Balfour Beatty to ensure investments in flood and coastal risk management provides economic and environmental benefits to local communities.”