New flood defences on the Fylde Coast have received the final seal of approval from the government.
Defra and the Environment Agency have formally approved £86million of funding and given the green light for work to start on a series of major new coastal defences.
Blackpool and Wyre Councils are working in partnership to improve and replace sea defences between Rossall Hospital and Rossall Point and from Kingsway to Little Bispham at Anchorsholme, protecting 12,000 properties from the risk of coastal flooding.
– Cllr Fred Jackson, Cabinet member for Urban Regeneration at Blackpool Council
We are ecstatic the grant approval letters have arrived for the Anchorsholme Coast Protection Scheme and the work to improve our coastal defences can commence.
“The reconstruction of the seawall is of huge importance and will protect the community of Anchorsholme, their homes, local businesses and highways from flooding and coastal erosion, whilst improving access to the beach.
“The huge programme of work is expected to be complete in 2015.
A series of public engagement events detailing the programme of work will be held later this year before construction starts at both sites in the new year.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 6-year-old girl from Pilling was knocked over as she crossed the road in Preesall yesterday afternoon.
The incident took place just after 4pm when the girl has stepped off a bus on Sandy Lane at the junction with Fordstone Avenue and has walked around the back of the bus before stepping out into the road where she has been involved in a collision with an oncoming Hyundai Amica.
The girl was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with head and chest injuries but has since been transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.
– Lancashire Police Statement
Sergeant Dave Hogarth from the Force Road Policing Unit said: “I would appeal to any passengers that were on the bus or anybody that witnessed this collision to come forward and speak with police on 101. “In particular I would appeal to the driver of a small saloon car that was behind the bus at the time of the collision to come forward. This vehicle was stationary either waiting behind the bus or waiting to turn right down Fordstone Avenue.” Sandy Lane was closed for four hours to allow for an investigation to take place.
The family of Sgt. Nigel Coupe, who was killed along with five other soldiers when their Warrior armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, has been described as 'simply the best husband and father'.
Our correspondent Rob Smith is with those paying tribute to Sgt Coupe in St Annes.
The funeral will be held today of Sgt Nigel Coupe from St Annes, who was killed along with five others when their Warrior armoured vehicle was caught in an explosion in Afghanistan.