Sea defence takes shape

CALM BEFORE THE STORMS: Work underway at the North Shelter, Seaton Carew
CALM BEFORE THE STORMS: Work underway at the North Shelter, Seaton Carew

ENGINEERS say work to boost sea defences at a popular seaside resort is progressing well.

The £1.5m Environment Agency scheme includes a new wave wall and rock defences along a 1,600ft stretch of the coast at Seaton Carew.

Council engineers say the work will strengthen the sea defences after rising water levels were eroding the sea wall.

But it will also provide new access steps down on to the beach.

The work is on track and is expected to be complete by late October.

There will also be a new wall formerly occupied by the North Shelter, along with a new stretch of promenade with a seating area and new lighting.

Dennis Hancock, Hartlepool Borough Council’s principal engineer, said work to build the new wall and protect it with rock armour was progressing well, while two new access steps to the beach are also well under way.

Mr Hancock said: “We are pleased with how the work is progressing and in terms of the programme it is on track to be completed by late October.

“This will have a very positive impact as it will improve the access to the beach while the new stretch of promenade will have new seating and lighting.”

Durham-based Hall Construction is carrying out the work between the Staincliffe Hotel, at The Cliff and Station Lane, at Seaton.

Civic chiefs say the site has even become something of a tourist spot with visitors walking by stopping to take a closer look.

Mr Hancock added: “The work has proved to be quite an attraction to be honest.

“We have had a lot of people stopping to look at the excavation work and the re-building.

“I am not aware of any problems as a result of the work and we have been keeping in touch with the local businesses.

“We have tried to keep disruption to a minimum.”