Wirral Council is looking to reduce flood risk in West Kirby and is exploring how best to do this working with expert partners such as the Environment Agency.
We have provided a number of opportunities for local residents, businesses and anyone with an interest in the council’s proposals to find out more and have their say. This included an online survey which has now closed.
Drop-in sessions and exhibitions were held in West Kirby throughout October 2015; over 400 responses were received, with over 70% from residents of West Kirby and 20% identifying themselves as owners of a property or business directly affected by tidal flood risk.
A report looking at feedback from local people about the West Kirby Flood Alleviation scheme has now been published and shows that 90% of respondents back some kind of new flood defence, with clear preference being shown for a new structure to be built set back from the iconic promenade.
The council submitted a business case to the Environment Agency, to secure a grant aid that will play a part in funding the scheme. The Environment Agency approved a £1.7m grant in 2018, supported by capital funding from Wirral Council and a Local Levy of £500,000, the scheme will cost in the region of £3m in total.
There will of course be further chances to feed back on the proposals, when detailed drawings and illustrations will be made available.
A copy of the report is available above and also in West Kirby Library and One Stop Shop for you to take away or alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy to be sent via post.