Staff representing Fylde Council, designers Jacobs UK, and the contractor Volker Stevin shared information and images centred upon the £12.1 St. Anne’s Sea Wall development at a public exhibition the week at St Anne’s Town Hall. Visitors were presented with details of not only the time-line of the development, but also the future of popular St Anne’s attractions such as the Miniature Railway, the long-established beach huts and the mini golf course.
Fylde Council expect the construction work to commence in Autumn 2023, concluding during the Summer of 2025. Phase One of the Sea Wall Development will begin with a compound being set set up off South Promenade on Fairhaven Road Car Park. The boating lake will be filled to create a temporary surface for the beach huts and also a temporary car park. The beach huts will then be relocated to this temporary surface for 12 months – from Autumn 2023 to Autumn 2024. They will then be returned near to their original position. The Western length of track of St Anne’s Miniature Railway will be removed during Phase One. However, at the end of the project, the Miniature Railway will occupy its former position between the beach huts and the golf course, with new engine sheds being constructed.
The final stages of Phase One will see construction of the Promenade and the set back wall. All work areas will be reinstated, including the mini-golf course. The beach huts will be relocated near to their original position and the mini-railway will be reinstated.
Phase Two will see the setting up of pre-cast steps, the construction of the Promenade and the set back wall between the Lifeboat Station and The View Café. The boating lake will also be restored.
Wave modelling has shown that the existing promenade level needs to be 2 metres higher than it currently is, and it needs to be backed by a 760mm high setback wall to protect local residents and businesses. A new sea wall will protect the area from a 1 in 200-year storm, with climate change factored, in for the next 50 years. It is then proposed to raise the promenade a further 1m in year 50 to provide a further 50-year design life (100 years in total with climate change), and flexibility has been allowed for this in the design.
Images of the completed modern Sea Wall around the Island Site, replacing the existing ageing 90-year-old structure which is at increasing risk of overtopping and structural damage, were shared at the exhibition and are available for viewing on-line at https://new.fylde.gov.uk/st-annes-seawall/. Opportunities for comment are also available via this link.