£6 million for coastal projects

OVER £6 million has been allocated to Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) to be spent on coastal risk management projects over the next four years - but only £500, 000 has been earmarked for Whitby.

The biggest chunk of funding, from the Environment Agency, is just over £3 million which has been allocated to SBC for the Strategic Coast Monitoring programme because it is the lead authority for all the coastal councils from the Scottish borders to Flamborough Head.

Over the next five years that money will be used to continue the coastal monitoring and data collection along the north east coast region.

SBC says Whitby and Staithes will see “significant investment” with less than £500, 000 worth of works while Filey gets well over £1 million.

£500, 000 will be spent on the Filey Coast Outflanking Defence Study and associated works and £450,000 will go on the Filey Coastal Slope Study and subsequent cliff stabilisation works.

A further £160, 000 is being spent on investigations into coastal slope ground movement at Flat Cliffs near Filey.

Also ongoing is the £1 million “Pathfinder” project aimed at helping the residents at Knipe Point near Cayton Bay to adapt to the coastal cliff instability.

At Scarborough, work will be focused on the Spa frontage where the Scarborough Coastal Strategy has identified it should be the next priority for capital investment to “help secure the integrity” of the redeveloped Spa complex which is due to be finished in May.

However, some other Environment Agency money is also being used to complete the repair work at the East Pier extension in Whitby after being put on hold last year because of poor sea conditions.

Ongoing studies – separate from the latest announcement by the Environment Agency – include the development of a coastal Strategy for the Robin Hood’s Bay coastline, which sets out how the coastline between Whitby and Cloughton should be managed over the next century taking into account climate change and whether the council should take action.

John Riby, SBC head of technical services, said: “The announcement by the Environment Agency demonstrates the level of confidence it has in the council to manage and deliver coastal risk management projects locally, and on behalf of others.

“It is a significant slice of funding, particularly in these austere times, that will ultimately help communities along our coast cope with natural events like erosion and coastal cliff instabilty.”