WORK is well underway on a £70,000 project to breathe new life into an area of green space around the beacon on Seaton Carew seafront.
The 300-metre long stretch of grass between the beach and The Cliff is being transformed with new flower beds and footpaths to make it more attractive all year round and reflect the promenade’s art deco heritage.
A new footpath network is being created based on a circular art deco-style pattern.
They will lead to five new circular seating areas, including one around the beacon, which is being retained.
Each area will be boosted by ornamental rocks and perennial plants.
A combination of a low grassed mound, timber groynes, hardy palms and ornamental grasses will shelter visitors from the sea.
The improvements have been drawn up by the Hartlepool Borough Council’s parks and countryside team after public consultation.
The work is being carried out on behalf of the council by town firm Dawsons Landscapes.
Seaton councillor Cath Hill, also the cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “The landscaped area in front of The Cliff is a key location on the Seaton seafront but it looks very bland and tired when the summer season flower beds have died off.
“This work will give it a much-needed fresh and interesting new look.
“The new seating areas will allow people to sit and enjoy the marvellous sea views while the combination of perennial plants, rocks, palms and ornamental grasses will provide eye-catching and attractive features throughout the year, even in the depth of winter.”
The project has also been backed by fellow Seaton councillors.
Coun Mike Hill said: “I welcome the improvements. Hopefully, it will attract more people including families with children, in what is a focal area of Seaton.”
Coun Paul Thompson said: “I’ve seen the final vision and am quite looking forward to see it finished.
“The paths needed relaying and it’s going to look much better.”
The work, expected to be completed early next month is being paid for using £70,000 of Government funding previously obtained by the council.