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Balfour hires local people for sea defence job

Balfour Beatty has taken on 23 local people for a project rebuilding coastal defences in the North West.

The contractor hired the staff for the £86M scheme at Rossall and Anchorsholme.

It is working with Blackpool and The Fylde College training programme Build Up to provide opportunities to people in the area.

Balfour Beatty North West delivery unit managing director Peter Commins said: “Our collaboration with Blackpool and Wyre Councils through Build Up extends our recent success in employing local labour on the Cleveleys and Blackpool coastal defence schemes.

“With 23 people taken on so far at Rossall and Anchorsholme, we are looking to make an even greater positive impact on the local community.”

Works on Anchorsholme will complete in autumn 2015, with the job at Rossall continuing to summer 2017.

Blackpool Council cabinet member for urban regeneration Fred Jackson said: “This scheme will have a massive impact on Anchorsholme.

“Not only will it provide much more flooding protection, improve the promenade and make the area much nicer for people to enjoy, it will have a big financial impact.

“We’ve already hired dozens of local people to work on the project, making sure that the money stays on the Fylde coast, and that we can train up more local people as skilled labourers so they can find similar jobs in the future.”

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