Have a say on coastal strategy

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SCARBOROUGH Council is about to carry out a public consultation in the creation of what will become the blueprint which will set out how the coastline between Whitby and Cloughton will be managed over the next 100 years.

SCARBOROUGH Council is about to carry out a public consultation in the creation of what will become the blueprint which will set out how the coastline between Whitby and Cloughton will be managed over the next 100 years.

The exercise will be conducted with the help of the Environment Agency and a draft of the Robin Hood’s Bay Coastal Strategy study has already been produced which outlines how communities and the environment along the 24km of coastline will be protected.

It recommends that existing coastal defences in the lower part of the bay will either be maintained or upgraded – also known as holding the line – which is likely to cost around £900,000 and the work carried out over the next five years.

Nature would be allowed to take its course in other areas – resulting in the disappearance of a handful of at risk cliff-top properties over the next 100 years.

Fylingdales councillor Jane Mortimer said: “This study, which was 100 per cent grant funded, is a major piece of work that will set policy on how coastal issues between the Abbey Cliffs in Whitby and Hundale Point in Cloughton are dealt with in the coming years.

“I welcome the draft study and the importance that is clearly placed on Robin Hood’s Bay. The village is a significant tourist attraction in the borough because of its unspoilt nature and it’s important homes and businesses are protected there for many years to come.”

The bay has a long history of coastal erosion problems:

- in 1780 much of the original road into the village, Kings Street, was lost

- since then more than 200 properties have been lost as a consequence of cliff top erosion

- in 1975, vertical concrete sea walls, measuring 14m high and anchored into the cliff, were built to prevent erosion along The Landing – a section of cliff located between the village slipway and Ground Wyke Hole

- with the eroding cliff edge just two metres away from the only access road to the lower part of the village, the council commissioned consultants in 1996 to evaluate the problem and identify suitable coast protection measures

- the study, which extended from the Victoria Hotel Mount Pleasant southwards to The Quarterdeck, was completed in 1999 and, based on recommendations, coast protection works between Ground Wyke Hole and Mount Pleasant were carried out during 2000 and 2001.

A council spokesman said: “The most significant findings of the 1999 study was the high rate of erosion and the outflanking and the sequential risk to existing coastal defence assets. Although the recent coast protection works have addressed the issue for the lower part of the village, the upper part of the village, north of the Victoria Hotel Mount Pleasant, is undefended and remains at potential risk.”

The public consultation event is due to take place next Wednesday at the Robin Hood’s Bay Methodist Church Hall from 3pm until 9pm.

Draft display boards, a presentation and copies of the draft strategy will be available on the day. The council’s consultants, as well as officers, will be available to answer questions about the strategy.

For further information visit www.scarborough.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=12886, email robin.siddle@scarborough.gov.uk or contact 01723 232448.