‘Homes and promenade could go’ unless sea defence work is done in Hartlepool

The Town Wall near the Fish Sands on the Headland. Picture by FRANK REID
The Town Wall near the Fish Sands on the Headland. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool’s Headland could see homes being lost unless work to construct a new wall to improve sea defences is carried out, planners have warned.

The area which has been identified as needing work done in the area stretches from Pilot Pier, which is in the south, to Heugh Battery in the north.

In 2015, it was announced that a £1.3million scheme was planned to protect the area from coastal erosion.

A proposal document submitted on the Hartlepool Borough Council planning site reads: “The proposal involves the strengthening of approximately 400m of the existing sea wall by constructing a new sea wall/ stepped revetment in front of it and rock armour stone in certain locations placed to the foot of the wall.

“The new wall is to be constructed with (a) interlocking precast concrete units with concrete infill to the rear and fixed into the promenade with a series of ground anchors and (b) precast concrete stepped revetment units.”

The conclusion to the document reads: “This is a necessary proposal to prevent coastal erosion that would affect the Headland.

“If the scheme was not carried out it would eventually mean the loss of promenade, Redheugh Gardens, Heugh Light House and Heugh Gun Battery, highways and ultimately housing.”

The document also says that pedestrian access to working areas will be prohibited during the times of construction but fully reinstated when not.

The existing ramps will be strengthened and a post and rail fence added.

Diversion routes will be in place and sign posted accordingly when pedestrian access is restricted.

A Cycleway route, which runs along the promenade as a shared facility with the pedestrians, will be diverted during times of construction and signposted accordingly.

Once the works are completed the route will revert back to its original status.

Restrictions imposed because the site is a conservation area means the work can only be carried out between March and October.