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Scarborough Spa coastal defence proposals to be taken forward
24 April 2012
Council’s Cabinet at its meeting held today, 24 April 2012, has
agreed the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee’s proposals
to prepare a business case for a rock revetment scheme at the
frontage of Scarborough Spa, to improve foreshore sea defences.
Officers will now continue
with the study on the basis of the preferred option, a rock
revetment with a constant crest level throughout the frontage with
a moderate height of 1.1m wave wall, as the basis for further
study. Cabinet has also agreed to accept the Environment
Agency’s offer of £290,000 to undertake ground investigations on
the foreshore in front of the Spa and the slopes behind the Spa as
part of this ongoing study.
The rock revetment option
has been chosen as the preferred option over a stepped concrete
revetment proposal as it is more economically advantageous and a
more environmentally acceptable solution.
The completed study will,
when completed and approved by Cabinet be submitted to the
Environment Agency in order to obtain further funding for the
detailed design, licences, consent, planning application, further
public consultation and construction of the scheme.
The council’s cabinet portfolio holder for
coastal and flood defences, Cllr Andrew Backhouse, said:
“Contrary to some reports in the media, we
are approaching the point when we can no longer just simply pursue
a tactic of make do and mend. The sea defences are
inadequate, wave overtopping is well beyond safe levels and will
get worse and the effectiveness of these coastal defences continues
“The council has scrutinised each option
very carefully and a lot of time and effort has been spent by both
Scrutiny Committee members and Cabinet to find the best possible
option to progress with this very important scheme. We are
still in the early stages of this project, much more work, studies
and ground investigations yet need to be undertaken before any
works can commence.”
For full details and background history read the Cabinet report
which is item 18 and can be found at