Work to begin at Granny’s Bay

Work is due to begin at Granny’s Bay next week, as part of the £22m coastal protection project along the Fylde coast.

As a positive outcome from the fast and competent delivery of the Fairhaven to Church Scar Coast Protection Scheme to date the Scheme’s funding has been able to also provide for consented works at Granny’s Bay during this current construction campaign.

Granny’s Bay will be fenced off from Monday 15th July and main construction works will begin the following week.

The entrance at Stannah Bank car park will be needed as a site compound for the Granny’s Bay works; the Granny’s Bay works stretching up to the currently placed works at Church Scar. It is great to be able to give more than expected with the extra works at Granny’s Bay, and Church Scar and Fairhaven both remain on programme for public thoroughfare on the 31/03/20 as programmed.

Councillor Roger Small, Chair of the Operational Management Committee for Fylde Council Said: “This is the final piece of the jigsaw and will mean that we have a wonderful new foreshore, pleasing to look at and use as a recreational resource, as well as providing shoreline protection. I am grateful to the team who have worked tremendously hard to secure this investment for the Fylde.”

Councillor Thomas Threlfall, the Council appointed representative for the Fairhaven and Church Scar Sea Defence project board said: “We are excited to be able to provide a seaside resort in Fylde fit for the next century. A lot of work has gone into including Granny’s Bay into the sea defence upgrade as one project, rather than requiring a return of contractors and upgrades for this area at later date. I would like to personally thank the project team, VBA and the Environment Agency who continue to work successfully together to deliver the project.”

The Sea Defence Project is replacing the sea defence walls, as the existing coastal defences are time expired and have been failing. The current concrete coast defences were built in the 1890s and have been undergoing emergency repairs every year to prevent a major breach.

The project will provide new coast protection as well as an upgrade to the promenades to help protect from coastal erosion and make sure the area is both a great place to live and visit. On completion over 2,600 properties will enjoy the benefit from the new coast defences.