The consultation process on the proposal for the sea defence works in St Anne’s has proven to be a major success with great feedback from project partners and the public. This project is crucial to protect over 400 properties from coastal flooding for the foreseeable future. The council started the consultation process back in February 2021 holding extensive engagement with the 25 businesses and other organisations that operate from The Island in St Annes which helped to inform the proposals ahead of the public consultation from 26th May to 9th June 2021.
In response to feedback from the consultation process the council has been working with the project delivery partners to develop a revised proposal that will include an improved slipway access for the RNLI as well as the retention of the current leisure and retail concessions in particular the iconic beach huts, the pitch and putt golf facility and the miniature railway. The revised proposals have been costed and they will next be formally approved by the project partners and discussed with a number of concession holders and businesses on The Island, after which they will be presented to committee.
Councillor Roger Small, Chairman of the Operational Management committee at Fylde said: ‘we are keen to build on the success of the sea defence projects at Fairhaven, Church Scar and Granny’s Bay offering protection to hundreds of properties whilst at the same time providing a great facility that can be enjoyed by everyone. The Island sea defence is different to the other schemes because of the need to partner with the 25 businesses and other organisations on site, early and sustained engagement with all partners and now the wider public has produced a proposal that will deliver the protection the public expect whilst retaining the vibrant business community on The Island. I would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation and all partners for their involvement throughout the process.’
Once the scheme is approved by the council and the delivery partners work will start on site in Autumn 2022 with completion scheduled in late summer 2023, regular updates will be provided on the project before, during and after delivery.
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