15th February 2013. Last updated at 6:28 pm

New government funding for Rossall sea defences


Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, welcomes news that Rossall sea defences are set to be rebuilt.


It comes as part of a wider initiative announced by the government confirming they are investing £2.3billion on schemes to prevent and manage flooding and coastal erosion in the UK’s worst affected areas. About £100 million of that sum will be spent in Wyre and Blackpool.

The announcement means that 93 new flood defence schemes will receive the go ahead and will move into construction in 2013/2014. When completed the schemes combined will provide better protection from the devastating effects of flooding for up to 64,000 homes.

Eric is especially pleased about the news that Rossall will be one of the sites which will receive this much needed funding.

He said:

‘I have, for some time, been lobbying Ministers – together with Fleetwood Town Council, Wyre Council, Lancashire County Council and others – to bring forward this sea defence work. It is brilliant news that a robust and much needed flood defence project can now go ahead in Rossall. Once completed it will help protect thousands of homes and should also generate a number of local jobs.”