A £27m scheme to reduce flood risk to 4,800 properties in Blackpool has been officially opened by Councillor Fred Jackson and the chair of the Environment Agency Emma Howard Boyd
The new flood defence at Anchorsholme aims to safeguard the iconic Blackpool seafront tramway and also protect vital infrastructure and a key pumping station.
As part of the scheme, a kilometre of concrete sea wall has been replaced – maintaining access to the beach – and a new promenade has been installed to attract residents and visitors with views over the Irish Sea.
The promenade also connects the seafront to Anchorsholme Park, which is also being redeveloped.
The new defences will help to protect Blackpool’s tourism and recreational income for the next 100 years.
Howard Boyd said: “Blackpool’s iconic beachfront is visited by thousands of families each year.
“This new coastal defence – delivered in partnership with local councils – will better protect the town’s popular tourist attractions, as well as nearly 5,000 homes and businesses.
“It’s great news and demonstrates how our work benefits people and the environment.”
Jackson, the Blackpool Council cabinet member for environmental services, added: “I am delighted that this vital sea defence scheme has been officially opened.
“We now have a sea wall that will provide much stronger flood protection for years to come.
“We also have a wonderful new promenade for all to enjoy, which makes access from the seafront to the park and town so much easier.”