Groynes to be fixed after storm damage

Groyne repairs are to take place in Wyre
Groyne repairs are to take place in Wyre

A programme of work along the coast to repair groynes damaged during the winter storms is underway.

Wyre Council is working north along the coast from Cleveleys to Fleetwood to refurbish the wooden groyne boards.

Groynes are built out to sea from the beach to serve as barriers, trapping sand moved by the sea and keeping the beach in place.

It is important to have well maintained beach levels to help protect against coastal erosion.

The work does not affect public access to the beach or promenade.

A spokesperson for the authority has asked members of the public to note that Rossall promenade will close to the public between West Way and Rossall Point on September 1 to allow the building of new sea defences to progress.

Repairs are expected to be completed by the end of September.

A series of storms across the Fylde coast culminated in the area being battered by high winds and rain in February.

Bricks and timber were torn from hotels and a top resort restaurant was left “devastated” as gales smashed through windows.

Rail services, trams, buses and flights were cancelled, trees were felled and major roads were shut as debris came flying from the top of buildings.

Blackpool Promenade was deserted as the Beach House and the seafront Sheraton Lodge hotel bore the brunt of the damage in fierce gales.