New plans to protect Wirral coastal town from severe weather

Wirral Council and the Environment Agency are working on a series of plans to protect property and the public along West Kirby’s South Parade.

The new flood defences will prevent similar damage that occurred in December 2013, when parts of the Wirral coastline was damaged by tidal floods.

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Plans include a brand new permanent defence along the Marine Lake and a temporary defence which can be set up during expected periods of severe weather.

The public will have the chance to see the proposals for themselves at a series of drop in sessions from Tuesday next week in West Kirby.

Artist’s impression of possible design for flood alleviation measures

Artist’s impression of possible design for flood protection alleviation measures

Cllr Bernie Mooney, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability said: “Unfortunately we know that extreme weather events like the storm surge we witnessed in 2013 are likely to happen again and potentially with even more serious consequences for homes and businesses.

She added: “One of our key pledges as an administration is to protect Wirral’s environment for future generations, and as a borough with 25 miles of coastline, coastal flood alleviation is at the heart of our planning”

Drop-in sessions to find out more will be held on Tuesday October 13 from 5pm-8pm at West Kirby United Reformed Church and Monday October 19 and Thursday October 22 from 5pm-8pm at West Kirby Library’s Community Room.

Designs for the proposed measures can be viewed during temporary exhibitions at Morrisons, West Kirby from Monday October 12 to Friday October 16 and at West Kirby Library’s Community Room from Monday October 19 to Friday October 23.

Residents who want to be kept up to date with the project should email their name and address to helengallagher@wirral.gov.uk.

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