Work set to start on sea defences

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WORK will start next week on a multi-million pound scheme taking place to boost sea defences.

From next Monday, September 10, improvement work will begin 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 about eight weeks and will involve excavating beach sand to a maximum depth of five metres 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 then 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 the Council and Northumbrian Water.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “The threat of rising sea levels and coastal erosion along Britain’s coastline is a serious one and Hartlepool is no exception.

“Our coastal defence upgrade is progressing well and I’m delighted to see the start of this next important phase.

“We are very grateful to the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water for giving us the funding to enable us to carry out this vital work.”

The work is being carried out after a long-running survey into the problems caused by erosion along the Hartlepool coastline, with the shore at Seaton Carew and the coastal areas around the Headland all coming under the spotlight.