Coastal protection

Wirral Council is responsible for 19 miles of sea and river walls between the borough boundaries at Eastham and Heswall.

Responsibilities for Coast Defence include:

Wirral is currently consulting on its future Strategy for Coastal Defence - more
information on the Coastal Strategy consultation can be found in the consultation section of our website

The Wirral coastline from Eastham to Heswall is approximately 30 miles (48km) long. 27 miles of the coast is now protected from flooding or erosion. The Council is responsible for 16 miles of defended coastline and 3 miles of unprotected frontage.

Development of the Wirral Coastline

  • 1824 Wallasey Embankment constructed
  • 1855 – 1899 Mersey River Wall constructed
  • 1897 – work starts on the construction of South Parade, North Parade & Meols Parade
  • 1899 – West Kirby Marine Lake built
  • 1920- Leasowe Revetment constructed
  • 1930-1935 Kings Parade, New Brighton constructed on land reclaimed from the sea
  • 1973-1987 Wallasey Embankment reconstructed
  • 1976-1983 Leasowe Revetment reconstructed
  • 1983-1985 Kings Parade Beach Stabilisation Scheme
  • 1987 West Kirby Marine Lake reconstructed
  • 1996-2001 Mersey River Wall Stabilisation Scheme 

Further information about the policies for coastal defences over the next 100 years and also details of predicted future erosion is available from the Environment Agencies page, Coastal erosion maps.