Wall work on way

The stretch of coast set to be improved by the defence works
The stretch of coast set to be improved by the defence works

ENGINEERS say disruption will be kept to a minimum when the second phase of sea defence works starts at Seaton Carew next month.

Work is due to start on a 2,100ft stretch of the coast between the Station Lane access ramp and coach station in the first week of April.

Although the work to protect against coastal erosion and rising sea levels is set to continue until October, engineers promise people will still have access to the beach and promenade.

Hartlepool Borough Council is pushing ahead with project which is costing £4.2m.

Steve Telford, the council’s principal engineer, said: “The first phase of work was to prepare the foundation for the new wall and this phase is putting the wall up.

“There is quite a bit of work to undertake but we should be completely finished by the end of October.

“We have had plenty of notices out in the area and I think we are going to be able to accommodate people and it is not really going to affect them too much.

“When we work along the Station Lane ramp there might be a bit of inconvenience but otherwise it is just business as usual.

“People are more than welcome to have a look at what’s going on.”

The Environment Agency is giving £3.5m towards the scheme and the remainder is being funded by the council and Northumbrian Water.

Mr Telford added: “The existing wall is in a poor state of repair. We need to slightly heighten it so it offers a bit more protection over the next 100 years.”

The first phase carried out last autumn involved excavating the beach sand five metres and replacing it with a stone foundation buried under the sand.

It was left to settle over the winter.

Phase two will see the construction of a new concrete-clad sea wall to around the same height as the existing sea wall.

The adjacent promenade will also be widened.