A new £27.1 million sea defence scheme designed to reduce flood risks in Blackpool was opened at the end of last month (October 30th), with a concrete sea wall 1km long having been replaced… changes that are intended to last for the next 100 years.
But, according to the BBC, Conservative councillor Tony Williams believes that it’s already in need of repair work after recent storms saw some of the panels lifted on the wall at Anchorsholme. His views were backed by local resident Paul Hewitt (owner of a construction business), who said that the wall slabs had moved and been distorted greatly.
Responding, cabinet member responsible for environmental services at the local authority councillor Fred Jackson was quoted by the news source as saying: “The design and construction of the sea defence wall has been a complex and challenging project. With any project of this size there can be additional work required to rectify any issues. We must not lose sight of the huge benefits that the sea wall is providing and will deliver in the future… this significant project is reducing the flood risk to 4,800 properties and businesses in Blackpool.”
The Blackpool Gazette further reports that Anchorsholme – along with the Rossall coastal flood defence scheme – makes up one of the biggest such projects in the country. United Utilities is also investing in a new pumping station at Anchorsholme Park.
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