Sea defence work is well underway

WORK is hoped to be completed within months on a scheme to protect endangered shoreline.

Hartlepool Borough Council is carrying out £1.7m of work to reinforce the sea defences at Seaton Carew.

Urgent work is needed to create rock armour to prevent erosion of the seawall between the Staincliffe Hotel and the Station Lane access ramp.

The work will also see the raising of the low area at the former North Shelter by building a new seawall to the level of the adjacent structure that will be protected with rock armour.

It is being paid for by the Environment Agency and small sections of the beach will be closed between April and September while the work is carried out.

The council’s cabinet is set to discuss the work, which is part of the Seaton Carew Coastal Strategy, that will see several years of work being carried out at the resort.

It was discovered that the work needed to be carried out during a study undertaken by Scott Wilson Consultants.

The study has been carried out to create a 100-year strategy for sea defences in the town that is expected to be approaching £30m over that time-scale.

The next phase of the work will be on a stretch from the Station Lane access ramp to the Northumbrian Water headworks and will see either rock armour or a new seawall created.

The work will cost £3.8m and is hoped to be carried out between 2012 and 2014.

A report set to be discussed by councillors said work started on April 18 and added: “In February the Environment Agency announced their capital grant allocation for 2011/12 and stated that the allocation only covered schemes and studies commenced or ongoing in 2011/12.

“Schemes or studies commencing in 2012/13 onwards could not be allocated grant funding as consultation is currently ongoing on proposals for a funding regime from April 2012.

“The council had been given the budget allocation of £1.8m in 2011/12 and £2m in 2012/13 and £1.88m for 2013/14 for the works for the Northern Management Unit Phase 2, Station Lane access ramp down to the Northumbrian Water headworks, however this phase of works requires contributions to be secured.”

The issue is set to be discussed by the cabinet on Monday, May 9, at the Civic Centre in Victoria Road.