South Cliff Slope Stabilisation Scheme

A £13.453 million scheme to stabilise the cliffs behind the Spa complex in Scarborough started at the end of May 2018.

The South Cliff Slope Stabilisation Scheme involves piling along the rear of the Spa complex with almost horizontal drainage to address the deep seated failure of the slope, soil reinforcement (‘nailing’) and re-grading of the slope to address shallow and medium seated instabilities, together with further drainage measures, other works including repairs to the arch structure near the Spa Cliff lift and relaying of cliff access paths and basic landscaping and replanting.

We appointed Balfour Beatty to deliver the scheme, which is expected to be completed by Christmas 2019. We will work with Balfour Beatty to ensure this schedule is maintained as much as possible, but we are mindful that the timetable for works of this magnitude could be subject to the unpredictable influences of weather and the surrounding coastal environment.

A Defra grant of £11.6m, administered by the Environment Agency, has made up the bulk of the funding for the scheme with the difference being made up by contributions from Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

For local residents and businesses immediately surrounding the site, Balfour Beatty is the main point of contact for the duration of the scheme. Their team will be based in a compound located on Albion Road. Anyone with any questions or queries about their day to day operations should contact Public Liaison Officer, Claire Firbank, on 07970 718167 or email 

We are working closely with Balfour Beatty to ensure regular communication and engagement with the local community during the scheme. Project newsletters will be published below when they become available.