Plans submitted for Town Wall work

The Headland Town Wall

The Headland Town Wall

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PLANS to further bolster sea defences in an historic part of Hartlepool have been submitted.

Hartlepool Borough Council is looking to strengthen the toe of the Town Wall, on the Headland, as part of wider £1.3m plans to prevent flooding.

If approved it would see concrete installed along a 570ft stretch of the Town Wall, which is in the town’s conservation area, in order to strengthen its foundations.

Engineers say they have been in touch with English Heritage to ensure the proposed works were in line with the nature of the historic structure.

The plans are part of a wider £1.3m Environment Agency-funded scheme which will include strengthening the toe, improving the drainage and restoring the beach groynes, which catch materials on the beach.

Planning permission to restore and re-establish three groynes to the front of the Town Wall have already been approved.

Work is expected to start this summer.

Plans for the next stage, which will see the toe of the wall strengthened, have now been submitted to council planners.

A council spokesman said: “The toe protection works are intended to protect the Town Wall structure from undermining.

“The council have worked with English Heritage to ensure the protection works are compatible with the Town Wall and its historic status.”

The sea defence scheme could also see a secondary 2ft-high set back wall built next to the footpath along a 300ft stretch of the Town Wall.

That controversial aspect of the plans were first aired at a public meeting in November, attended by about 100 people.

Consultants said the secondary wall would prevent the overtopping waves coming over the existing parapet wall, crashing onto the footpath and running down the street.

But speaking at the time, residents said the secondary wall would “compound” the existing problems.

They believe by creating a “tunnel” it will funnel the water down towards houses to the west of the wall.

Officers say they are still working on the proposals for that part of the scheme.

Council engineers say they hope to have planning permission to start work on the toe of the wall granted to enable them to start within the next couple of months.

A copy of the application can be inspected at Bryan Hanson House, in Hanson Square, Hartlepool, during office hours or via the council’s planning portal at www.hartlepool.gov.uk