West Kirby residents are being given a say on a proposed floodwall aiming to reduce the risk to homes and businesses.
AECOM, which has been appointed to work with Wirral Council to design the 1.1km wall, will display options to the public during March ahead of a final design proposal being submitted to the local authority.
Access points, materials, aesthetics and integrated features such as seating will be discussed within the consultation for the wall, which is being lined up for the area’s South Parade.
Following the exercise, a detailed design and submission of a planning application will be completed and, if all goes according to schedule, a six-month construction project could begin in the summer.
The proposed wall between Riversdale Road and Sandy Lane aims to protect the area from flooding well into the next century, and will cost around £3 million in total.
A £1.7m grant from the Environment Agency was approved for the flood alleviation scheme last year, and support will also come from Wirral Council’s capital funding and a local levy of £500,000.
According to the local authority, up to 70 homes and 23 businesses in West Kirby which are estimated to have a 0.5% chance of flooding in any year will have improved protection from the floodwall.
Over the next 100 years, as climate change continues to cause sea levels to rise, the wall could safeguard West Kirby town centre from the sea and reduce the risk to 567 homes and 104 businesses.
Councillor Anita Leech, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for environment, says: “Our location as a peninsula inevitably means we are at more risk of flooding than many areas and our responsibility to protect residents, businesses and the local environment from that risk is one we take very seriously.
“The proposal to construct a brand new floodwall that will run the length of the promenade at West Kirby is something we have been developing closely with local people for a number of years and we made a strong case that had a lot of support from within the community.
“We are delighted that we are continuing to move forward with this scheme, supported by local people throughout the process, and we can put the protection in place that is needed in this location.”
The scheme will be on display at West Kirby library from 11 March, and drop-in events will take place from noon until 8pm at West Kirby Library on 12 and 19 March, and from noon until 7pm at West Kirby United Reform Church on 14 March.