Facelift for Seaton seafront

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WORK will start soon on a project to revitalise the area of green space around the beacon landmark on the seafront at Seaton Carew.

The 300-metre-long combination of grass, flower beds and footpaths, which runs between the beach and The Cliff, will be completely redesigned to make it more attractive all year round and to reflect the promenade’s art deco heritage.

A new footpath network will be laid out, making use of the existing footpaths where possible and based on a circular art deco-style pattern.

The paths will lead to five new circular seating areas of different sizes, including one around the beacon, which will be retained.

Each of the seating areas will be enhanced by a mixture of ornamental rocks and perennial plants and will be sheltered from the sea breezes by a combination of a low grassed mound, timber groynes, hardy palms and ornamental grasses.

The work, which is expected to be completed by the end of March, is being paid for using £70,000 of Government funding obtained previously by Hartlepool Borough Council.

The improvements have been drawn up by the local authority’s parks and countryside team following public consultation.

Councillor Cath Hill, the council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “The landscaped area in front of The Cliff is a key location on 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.”