HARTLEPOOL Mayor Stuart Drummond says he is delighted that work is due to start to boost sea defences.
Work will start next week to reinforce the sea defences along a 700-metre stretch of coastline at Seaton Carew, from the Station Lane access ramp to the coach park.
The construction work will be carried out in two phases, the first of which will take around eight weeks and involve excavating beach sand to a maximum depth of around 15ft and replacing it with a stone platform which will be buried underneath the beach.
This stone foundation will be allowed to settle over the winter and in April next year construction work will start on the sea wall itself. This is expected to take about eight months.
The total cost of the scheme will be about £4.3m, of which £3.5m is being funded by the Environment Agency.
The remainder is coming from Hartlepool Borough Council and Northumbrian Water.
Mayor Drummond said: “Our coastal defence upgrade is progressing well and I’m delighted to see the start of this next important phase.”