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Wirral coastal defence plan approved
PLANS for millions of pounds of sea defence work to be carried out over the next 20 years have been approved by Wirral’s cabinet.
Councillors gave their backing to the Wirral Coastal Strategy when they met on Thursday night.
A report from the authority’s regeneration director Kevin Adderley said "partnership funding arrangements" needed to be explored to pay for the schemes
The projects listed for work are: West Kirby flood prevention - cost £1.8m; refurbishment work to Rock Park river wall, £1.7m; and repairs to Meols sea wall, £3.75m.
Funding will come from the Environment Agency’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid, but there will be an overall shortfall of around £3.5m.
The Agency had hinted that council tax payers might be billed for part of the work.
Officers warned councillors that "intervention" at these locations is required within the next 20 years.
Councilllor Brian Kenny, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: “The strategy has been developed and has already been open to consultation, which is very important."
The Rock Park project and reinforcement work at Wallasey Embankment are listed as low priority schemes.
Flood prevention work at West Kirby and reinforcement work to sea defences at Meols Parade have "moderate" urgency with work needed to be carried out in the next few years.
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