BIRDS have been blamed for the timing of promenade work coinciding with the tourist season.
Dubbed ‘Connecting Eric’, the aim of the £210,000 project in Morecambe is to make better use of the central seafront either side of the Eric Morecambe statue.
Morecambe Bay is an incredibly important wildlife site of international importance for the numbers and species of birds that feed in the vast mud flats over winter.
Demolition has already started on the car park and play area between Eric on Marine Road Central.
But residents and local businesses are up in arms over the timing of the project, including Evelyn Archer, chairman of the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust.
Evelyn said: “I can’t believe what I am seeing, I can’t believe they are doing it now.
“What on earth are they trying to do to Morecambe?
“We want to attract visitors not turn them away.”
Lancaster City Council has said the timing of the project is down to a timetable set out by Natural England, the government’s adviser on the natural environment.
A Lancaster City Council spokesman said: “Morecambe Bay is an incredibly important wildlife site of international importance for the numbers and species of birds that feed in the vast mud flats over winter.
“As part of considering a planning application for the project the council consulted Natural England and was advised that construction work so close to the shoreline should be undertaken between April and September in order to minimise disturbance to birds and so protect the rich biodiversity.”
But some have questioned the existence of the nesting promenade birds and whether they would have an effect on the project.