Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Regarding the sea wall proposed to be built along South Parade, West Kirby.

1..Is its purpose to break up and weaken waves when exceptional conditions bring the tide onto the road or is it a flood defence, please?

2.What protection is offered at both ends of the wall to stop seawater filling the gap between the wall and properties?

3.We know that there were several public consultation meetings that have taken into account some of the comments regarding size and appearance, etc but was public opinion in favour or against and in what proportion?

Yours faithfully,

John H Hutchinson

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Hutchinson

 

In response to your enquiry regarding the sea wall, please see our
comments below.

 

1. Is its purpose to break up and weaken waves when exceptional conditions
bring the tide onto the road or is it a flood defence, please?

The purpose of the flood wall is to act as a flood defence, which provides
a barrier to stop extreme combinations of tides and waves from flooding
the highway and adjacent property.

 

2.What protection is offered at both ends of the wall to stop seawater
filling the gap between the wall and properties?

The new flood defences are designed with openings that will be closed when
potential flood conditions dictate and will interface at either end with
existing structures.

 

3.We know that there were several public consultation meetings that have
taken into account some of the comments regarding size and appearance, etc
but was public opinion in favour or against and in what proportion?

Public opinion was specifically gauged at the public consultation at the
inception of the flood alleviation scheme in October 2015. The
consultation specifically asked “Question 5 – Taking into account the
information provided, we would like to know whether you are supportive of
the Council’s proposals to reduce tidal flood risk in West Kirby”.

401 consultation responses were received to the whole consultation

384 responses addressed this question.

180 responses (47%) stated “I fully support the Council’s proposals to
reduce tidal flood risk”

169 responses (44%) stated “I support the Council's proposals to reduce
tidal flood risk but I have some concerns about the proposals will impact
on West Kirby”

35 responses (9%) stated “I do not support the Council’s proposals to
reduce tidal flood risk”

 

Question 7 also asked “Taking into account any concerns or questions you
might have, of the proposals which are being considered to reduce tidal
flood risk in West Kirby, we would like your view on which of these is
preferable”

353 responses addressed this question.

286 (81%) preferred a wall set back from the promenade (roadside).

51 (14%) preferred a wall along the edge of the promenade (lakeside)

16 (5%) had no preference.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

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