Crosby Labour Action Team helps move mountains for residents in

Crosby Labour Action Team's Veronica Bennett shows Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson the offending sand dunes off Westward View.


Crosby Labour Action Team is moving mountains for residents on a waterfront Brighton-le-Sands street.

Residents of Westward View contacted the Crosby Labour Action Team to highlight their concern that sand dunes immediately facing their homes had grown to such a height that it was now impossible to see the sea.

So the Labour Action Team suggested that sand from the top of the dunes be shipped up the coast as part of the ongoing Hightown Dune Restoration project.

Crosby Labour Action Team's Veronica Bennett, who lives near to the site, said Sefton had looked at the suggestion which residents had also backed and amended its plans for the project to use the sand from the overgrown dunes.

Veronica said: "We were contacted by people in Westward View who were concerned that the dunes in front of their homes had grown rapidly over the last few years - to such an extent that they were blocking the seaview.

"There has been a very visible increase in the size and height of the dunes. Some of the residents even estimate that they have increased by a few feet in the past couple of years alone.

"When you consider that a seaview, or lack of it, can have an impact on property prices, then it is a considerable issue for those affected."

Veronica said she was delighted that sand reclaimed from the top of the dunes could be used for the restoration project to safeguard the community in Hightown.

Veronica added: "We suggested that the excess sand from the dunes be used in Hightown and Sefton thought that was a good idea, which is great.

"While helping to solve a problem in Brighton-le-Sands, we are helping to safeguard Hightown.

"The original plans for the Hightown Dune Restoration project saw sand being taken from elsewhere with the sand from Westward View and Endsleigh Road being used only when required. But now the plan has been rescheduled. Which is great news.

"However, we must be aware that sand will continue to be blown and the area needs to have an ongoing assessment.

"The Crosby Labour Action Team will continue to work with the residents and the council to ensure everyone is happy with how the area looks in future."

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