£6m grant for coastal projects

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MILLIONS of pounds has been earmarked to help deal with coastal changes in the Scarborough area.

More than £6 million has been given to Scarborough Council for a number of coastal risk management projects over the next four years – the cash is in addition £3 million which is already being spent on a number of coastal projects in the borough.

The funds from the Environment Agency will help the local authority manage coastal change across the borough and to lead national projects.

John Riby, the council’s 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.”

One of the biggest chunks of the funding will be ploughed into the Strategic Coast Monitoring Programme, with more than £3 million allocated to the council over the next five years to act as lead authority for all the coastal councils from the Scottish Borders to Flamborough Head.

That money will be used by the council to continue the coastal monitoring and data collection it spearheads right along the north east coast region.

Just under £1 million has been allocated for projects in Filey over the next two years with the Filey Coast Outflanking Defence Study and associated works likely to cost just over £500,000, while £450,000 will go on the Filey Coastal Slope Study and subsequent cliff stabilisation works.

An investigation into coastal slope ground movement at Flat Cliffs near Filey has also been funded, with £160,000 allocated by the Environment Agency.

Almost £500,000 of significant investment will be allocated at Staithes and Whitby.

At Scarborough, the main thrust of the work will be on the Spa frontage where the Scarborough Coastal Strategy has identified that it should be the next priority for capital investment and which will help secure the integrity of the redeveloped Spa complex, an exciting project which is due for completion in May of this year.

Ongoing studies – separate from the latest announcement by the Environment Agency – include a coastal Strategy Robin Hood’s Bay coastline and a £1 million “Pathfinder” project aimed at helping the residents at Knipe Point.