Review of coastal defence management for Scarborough

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Proposals for a review of Scarborough’s coastal defences strategy will go before councillors on our Cabinet next week.

The Environment Agency is covering the cost of the fresh assessment of the risks posed by land erosion and sea flooding.

A specialist team will investigate the likely issues over the next 100 years and recommend measures to best manage the coastline between Scalby Mills and Holbeck

The information will assist us when we bid for money if any coast protection schemes are required in the future.

There has been considerable investment in coastal protection in recent years.

However, some of the existing defences are old and may require upgrading or replacement as they approach the end of their useful life.

In South Bay, the study will focus on the problem of sea flooding along Foreshore Road where the effects of climate change and rising sea levels pose a particular challenge.

Councillors on our Cabinet will be asked to approve the appointment of a specialist team to carry out the assessment when they meet on Tuesday 20 July.

They will build on work carried out in 2009 with the impact of climate change and coastal monitoring data included as part of the overall study.

Councillor Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment and Sustainability, said:

“Coastal erosion and flooding pose a significant risk for Scarborough and along the borough’s entire coastline.

“We need to properly understand what climate change means for our future approach to how we protect hundreds of homes and businesses.

“We have secured a grant which will allow specialists to carry out a detailed study to inform our decision making and bids for money to carry out protection works.”