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Blackpool seafront protected by £27m flood defence system

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Blackpool's famous seafront will be protected from floods as a £27.1 million defence scheme is opened.

The new flood defence at Anchorsholme will safeguard the resort's famous tramway, reduce flood risk to 4,800 properties and, it is hoped, protect the town's tourism and recreational income for the next 100 years.

Environment Agency chairwoman Emma 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."

She will officially open the scheme with Blackpool Council's cabinet member for environmental services, Cllr Fred Jackson, on Monday.

Mr Jackson said: "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."

Floods minister Therese Coffey said: "Anchorsholme's new sea wall was made possible thanks not only to £20 million of government funding, but also the huge support of local government and other partners.

"The result is brilliant news for the community - regenerating the area and providing better protection for almost 5,000 homes and Blackpool's iconic tram network ahead of winter."