Sections of West Kirby’s new flood wall have started to arrive, in preparation for their installation on the promenade.
The wall will double as seating, with the design resembling a wave, with a continuous curve containing seating, memorial or celebratory plaques, including replicas of those previously in place on the promenade.
Work is now well under way on the controversial project, with more than half of South Parade dug up for the £10 million scheme, which will also see new paving, a dedicated cycle lane and an events space on the site of the former baths.
The design has caused controversy, with 198 of the 221 comments submitted to the planning consultation against it and an online petition amassing a large number of signatures.
Objectors raised concerns that the wall will narrow the promenade and create access problems.
The council says that the scheme will protect 70 properties at risk of flooding now from extreme tidal events, and give over 500 properties improved protection over the next century as sea levels rise.
Wirral Council is urging people looking to visit West Kirby in the coming months to use public transport, due to a significant reduction in car parking spaces.
The public car park at Dee Lane is closed for the duration of the project as it is being used by the council’s construction partner, VolkerStevin, as their works compound. In addition, large stretches of South Parade will not be accessible during the day in the week.
Partners have set up a facility for residents and visitors to raise any issues relating to the construction works, or for people to make an enquiry. It is situated on Salisbury Avenue, near to the junction with South Parade and is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Work on the flood defence barrier is set to continue until November 2022.
Thanks to @davidedwardsphotographer for the photo of the wall. ...