Rival sea wall will ‘save Wyre £60m’

Representatives of Wyre and Blackpool Councils at the Rossall sea wall with Natural Environment and Fisheries Minister.
Representatives of Wyre and Blackpool Councils at the Rossall sea wall with Natural Environment and Fisheries Minister.

Town hall bosses should change their designs for a huge new sea wall at Rossall – and save up to£60m in the process, it was claimed today.

Structural engineers from Wyre Energy, part of the group behind proposals for a Wyre tidal barrage at Fleetwood, believe that Wyre Council, which successfully won £100m from DEFRA to start the new sea wall later this year, should drop controversial plans to use hundreds of tons of boulders as part of the new coastal defences.

Anglers have already warned boulders could kill off the sport locally.

Wyre Energy says the council should instead raise the level of the beach by an average of 2.5m, using the excess sand which has built up in the Wyre estuary since ferry service stopped two years ago.

Jeff Draper, of Wyre Energy, said: “The boulders would spoil the beach. Wyre’s existing plan could cost up to £80m, while our plan would be just £21m.”

However, Wyre Council says the alternative plans are not viable and would not guarantee flood protection.

A statement from the council said: “It would be unthinkable to allow this (flooding) to happen again.

“We are therefore delighted with the support of DEFRA, the Environment Agency and local residents to progress this scheme.”

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