Excess shingle has been removed from Fleetwood, and used to improve low beach levels at Cleveleys.
A programme of beach works is now complete 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.
To carry out the works, a compound was built on Rossall Promenade to allow safe beach access, groynes have been extended to reduce erosion, and shingle was extracted from Fleetwood. You can read all about each bit of the project at the links.
Import of beach material from Fleetwood started on 1 July 2013 with work continuing until 2nd August to tip the shingle and sand against the steps on Cleveleys beach.
Tipping shingle out of the dumper truck against the steps on Cleveleys beach
The shingle was delivered in trucks to the compound area and tipped onto the beach, then carried in dumper trucks along the beach and tipped against the steps.
Improving beach levels at Cleveleys
You could see where the steel footings of the sea defences were exposed because of low beach levels and they are now covered under sand and shingle.
Higher beach levels will also reduce the depth of the water at high tide and reduce the amount of waves that come up and onto the walkway, making it safer for pedestrians.
Gap left in the extended groyne on Cleveleys beach
During the works, gaps were left in both groynes – this was just to allow the dumper truck to drive through while the shingle was being moved. When the shingle is in place and works complete the gaps in the groyne were filled in, and the project completed.
The project was documented through this website with regular updates. You can still get in touch by ringing 07932 143431 (or send a text) and we will do our very best to answer your questions. You can also email jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk.
Improved levels of shingle on Cleveleys beach
Work starts on impoving beach levels at Cleveleys
Exposed sea wall foundations at Cleveleys