WORK to protect Seaton Carew for future generations has been welcomed by the seaside town’s three councillors.
Subject to planning permission, work will start this summer to strengthen sea defences along a 2,100ft stretch of coastline in a £4.3m project.
The Environment Agency is contributing £3.5m to the scheme, which will reduce the risk of coastal erosion to 440 homes between the Station Lane and the coach park on The Front.
The work has been praised by all three of Seaton Carew’s independent councillors.
Coun Mike Hill said: “I think it’s a really important piece of news, possibly one of the most important Seaton has had in a long time, because it is protecting the future of Seaton Carew.
“It means we will be better protected and land at the coach park can be more easily developed.”
Coun Paul Thompson added: “I’m delighted that the Environment Agency has put a substantial amount of funding into protecting the long-term coast of Seaton Carew.
“A survey carried out by Hartlepool council show that within 50 years huge chunks of The Front, The Green and The Cliff would be gone.
“The work that the Environment Agency have funded will prevent all that from happening.”
Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said the Britain’s coastline is at risk of eroding from rising sea levels.
The remaining funding for the work, £800,000, will be met by the council, potential developers and Northumbrian Water.
Coun Cath Hill said: “The whole of Seaton is very close to the sea so it is very important.
“It will mean that any plans for building or development too close to the sea would be a no-no if it wasn’t for this improvement to the sea defences so I am delighted.”
Once completed, it means the whole of Seaton from the Staincliffe Hotel to the coach park is better protected after a previous £1.5m scheme.
The new project will be carried out in two phases between late summer and next spring.