£850k for Robin Hood’s Bay coastal protection works

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Councillors on our cabinet will be asked to approve an additional £850,000 for work on the seawall at Robin Hood’s Bay when they meet on Tuesday 18 January.

We have already secured £759,000 towards the project from the Environment Agency, Fylingdales Parish Council and the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

The money will be spent on construction works involving the removal and replacement of concrete panels in the existing defensive wall, which is nearing the end of its useful life.

New sections of the reinforced concrete parapet at the top of the wall would be formed, and the steel handrail, which runs along the whole of the structure, would be replaced.

The repairs would also see drainage from the promenade improved.

The work is required to ensure the life of the wall is extended as long as possible. Its current age and constant exposure to the elements means corrosion and cracking of the concrete is a problem.

At 14 metres tall and 160 metres long, it is the biggest structure the council maintains. Sited at the western end of Robin Hood’s Bay, the seawall has a reinforced concrete face made up of columns and panels and is backfilled with more concrete. It came into use in 1974.

It directly protects 40 properties, which would most likely be entirely consumed by the sea in the next five decades if it wasn’t there.

The wider Robin Hood’s Bay seawall capital maintenance scheme is designed to better protect a total of 186 properties from coastal erosion during the next century.

Our proposed £850,000 contribution to the project would be the first of several expected phases of work to ensure the defences continue to do their job.

Councillor Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said:

"One of the downsides of being on the amazing North Yorkshire coast means some of our communities are at the mercy of the very waters which attract visitors here.

"We have duty to do what we can to minimise the impact of coastal erosion. Doing nothing with the sea wall at Robin Hood’s Bay is not an option.  

"The £850,000 means vital work could be carried out to ensure the defences are still there in 50 years’ time."

Aerial picture of Robin Hood's Bay