Groynes have been extended at Cleveleys, to reduce beach erosion.
A programme of works has been completed to improve beach levels against the stepped revetments of the new sea defences at Cleveleys.
The prevailing weather usually comes from the south, creating a north shore drift along the Fylde Coast, wherby the sea picks up sand and shingle (and whatever else is in the water), carrying it northwards where it is eventually deposited. In the case of shingle, an excess had been deposited at Fleetwood.
Import of beach material from Fleetwood started on 1 July with work carried out to tip the shingle against the steps on Cleveleys beach. It’s important that the shingle stays at Cleveleys, so to help this to happen the groynes have been extended to reduce the effect of tidal erosion.
There is a short stretch of wooden groyne right against the steps, with stone behind and towards the sea. The original rocks were removed so that the foundations could be relaid to support the new and lengthened stone groyne.
The sand level was lowered and then a geotextile membrane laid first, onto which the smaller pieces of stone from the stockpile on Rossall Beach were compacted. The big groyne stones were then arranged on top.
All the materials were delivered to the compound and beach storage area on Rossall Promenade, where safe beach access can be gained. The stones were moved as required along the beach.
A smaller stockpile of foundation stones was created near the cafe while high tide was at mid day, so that maximum use could be made of the morning window before the tide came in and the work area covered.
Gap left in the extended groyne on Cleveleys beach
While beach works were underway, gaps were left in both groynes to allow the dumper truck a gap to drive through while the shingle was being moved. Now that beach works are complete, the gaps in the groyne have been filled in, and the project completed.
The project was documented through this website but you can still get in touch by ringing 07932 143431 (or send a text) and we will do our very best to help. You can also email jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk.
Extended groyne in front of the cafe on Cleveleys beach
Extended groyne on Cleveleys beach, next one heading south from the cafe
Storage pile of foundation stones for the new Cleveleys groynes
Loading the dumper with foundation stones at Cleveleys
Creating a stockpile at high tide of groyne foundation stones