Council vote on defences

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COUNCILLORS will have a say on proposed sea defences around Scarborough’s Spa Complex at a meeting tomorrow.

Originally members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet had asked that one option – a stepped concrete ramp – be investigated further in a bid to bolster the existing South Bay sea walls.

But the decision was questioned earlier this month and members of the council’s Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee recommended that the Cabinet should reconsider a rock armour option as well as allowing a debate at the meeting of the full council tomorrow.

Cllr Dilys Cluer, who represents the Green Party, had originally called in the decision for the concrete slope because she said it went against the council’s 2008 sustainability policy – at almost double the carbon dioxide cost – as well as presenting a risk under health and safety.

Coastal and flood defences portfolio holder, Cllr Andrew Backhouse, said that there were a number of issues which had caused concern for members.

He added: “There are other alternatives that should be looked at with a varied menu of options above and beyond what has been put forward.”

Cllr Godfrey Allanson, the scrutiny committee chairman, said it had been one of the best meetings he had chaired and that members were concerned about the cost of the preferred option – the stepped slope was more expensive than rock armour. He added: “It’s so important that it shouldn’t be rushed.”

And Cllr Bill Chatt said it would be the right decision to bring it back before full council. He added: “There are other alternatives out there and it would be right to explore this.”

Cllr Eric Broadbent said he was pleased that there would be more consultation because it was a very important decision. He added: “It’s the taxpayers’ money that we are spending – it is money that is coming from the Government.”