Tel: 0151 934 2421
Date: 9 March 2020
Our reference: 4005017
Dear Caolan Wiggins Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 3 March 2020.
I can confirm that the information requested is held by Sefton Council. I have detailed below the
information that is being released to you.
Question 1 Would it be Possible for me to find out the average yearly spending on maintaining the
hard and soft coastal defences along the Sefton coastline?
We have an annual budget for maintenance works of on average Â£15,000 for those assets that are the
responsibility of Sefton Council. Other land managers on the coast will have their own budgets that Sefton
Council do not have details of.
Question 2 Would it also be possible to find out the cost of the Crosby Beach sea Wall and the Rock
armour that surrounds the port of Liverpool?
The seawall was built in three phase in the 1960â€™s and 1970â€™s. Sefton Council do not have records of the
costs of this work. The rock armour around the docks was installed by the port and as such Sefton Council
do not have records.
Question 3 Would it also be possible to find out the rate of coastal recession along the Sefton
The rate of erosion changes across the coast. The land to the north of Hall road car park, Crosby, is
eroding at between 1-2m per year. The dunes belt from Altcar to Southport sees an erosion trend from
approximately Lifeboat road at the southern side of Formby north to the dunes approximately 2-3km south
of Shore road, Ainsdale. The maximum rate of erosion is to the north of Formby around Fishermanâ€™s path
at approximately 4m per year. The rate of erosion decreases to the north and south of this point and
changes to accretion past Alexandra road (to the south of Formby and around shore road and northwards.
Question 4 Would it also be possible to find out the amount of money per year that is invested into
the beach to provide services like the sea defences and lifeguards?
Investment in sea walls only occurs when a new sea wall is being constructed either to protect a new area or
replace an aging/failing defence. Sefton Council are currently developing a scheme for the replacement of
aging defences at Hall Road, Crosby. This scheme is in development and as such cost estimates are still in
The annual cost of providing lifeguards on the beach is Â£160,200
Please quote the reference number 4005017 in any future communications about this request.
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I will now close your request as of this date.
Information and Technical Officer