£5,000 boost for sea defence fund

Wyre Council staff repairing Fleetwood's sea wall.
Wyre Council staff repairing Fleetwood's sea wall.

VITAL sea wall defences have moved another step closer after a housing group answered a cash plea.

Regenda has promised to donate £5,000 to the Rossall Sea Defence scheme over the next five years.

The money will go towards rebuilding protection between Rossall Hospital and Rossall Point in Fleetwood, protecting 7,500 properties, homes and businesses from the threat of flooding.

Coun Roger Berry, cabinet member with responsibility for coastal defence on Wyre Council, said: “We are extremely grateful to Regenda for their pledge.

“Their willingness to donate in such tough economic times shows how important they consider the sea defences to be.

“We are currently in the bidding process with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for £55m to carry out this project, but a major requirement of this funding is for us to seek additional contributions from the private sector.

“The response from local businesses in general has been favourable, which proves the value of communities working together.”

Regenda manages 900 properties in Wyre and is the latest business to help the council financially with its £5,000 pledge.

Steve Newsham, regional director at Regenda, added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Wyre Council and the community to help mitigate the problems caused by coastal flooding.

“We are making this investment to help protect our residents now and in future generations.”

A decision on the bid is expected from DEFRA in May.