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Yorkshire coastal protection works start

Works to prevent Runswick Bay on the North Yorkshire coast slipping into the sea have started.

The scheme will provide 100 years of coast protection for 96 properties by reducing wave overtopping and helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The £1.5M scheme led by Scarborough Borough Council will be funded by Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) grant-in-aid (via the Environment Agency) and the Runswick Bay Sea Defence Trust - a group of homeowners and local residents who have contributed to the funding of the scheme to help secure the future of their community.

Back in January 2016, the village was warned that it could slip into the sea within the next three to ten years if flood and costal protection work were not completed, as it was built on Jurassic bedrock and glacial sediments.

New concrete protection will be constructed in front of the existing sea wall with access steps, repairs to the sandstone masonry walls and the installation of 10,000tn of rock armour in front of the existing sea wall.

Scarborough Borough Council cabinet member for major projects Mike Cockerill said: “The scheme is critical to ensure the long term protection of the Runswick Bay community and it is very rewarding to see works get underway.

“Reaching the construction phase has been a fantastic example of partnership working, in particular, the involvement of the Runswick Bay Sea Defence Trust, which has been instrumental in ensuring the scheme can be delivered and has given those who will eventually benefit from the scheme, a chance to get directly involved in its financing and development.”

The scheme is being delivered by ESH Construction and supervised by Royal Haskoning DHV.

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