EXPERTS carried out tests on the beach at South Bay yesterday as part of work to improve the sea defences around Scarborough’s Spa complex.
Geotechnical surveys took place on the beach directly in front of the popular destination in order to provide information for a multi-million pound scheme to improve sea defences in the area.
A team of five from the Environmental Agency helped carry out the work, which involved mechanically digging small holes on the beach to determine the depth of the bed rock underneath the sand, as well as taking various samples for testing.
The dig was carried out in the early morning to cause minimal disruption for beach users, and small sections of the beach were taped off to avoid any disturbance to the work.
The work, which workers said should be completed within a week, is carried out annually along the coastline in order to try and prevent damage to sea walls, such as those that protects the Spa complex, as well as the cliffs and Esplanade above the Spa.
The walls are deteriorating due to a century of constant battering from the North Sea and are in desperate need of repair work to stabilise them to ensure their ongoing performance.
Any works proposed by this ongoing study would also try to reduce the amount of wave overtopping that occurs around the Spa sea wall, which can pose a danger to the public.
It is the latest in a series of technical and environmental surveys that are funded by a grant from the Environment Agency, which is looking at options for sea defences along the Spa section of the seafront. The study is expected to last three years and could lead to the construction of improvement works.