First step in £14m cliff protection scheme is agreed

4th June 2012.'Stock shot of Scarborough Spa 'Picture by Gerard Binks.

4th June 2012.'Stock shot of Scarborough Spa 'Picture by Gerard Binks.

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North Yorkshire County Council has agreed to give more than £1.2 million to protect Scarborough’s South Cliff from falling into the sea.

Its Executive agreed to give £1,122,000 to make up a shortfall in the £14 million works.

Scarborough Council must also agree to pay the same amount for the project to go ahead.

The scheme is aimed at stabilising the cliff on which the Spa, along with homes, hotels and businesses, stand.

Although the scheme has been costed at £10.3 million, a further £4.3 million is required to cover any extra amounts necessitated by the need for any further work which may become apparent during the course of the operation.

County Councillor Carl Les, the count council’s Leader said: “Huge advances have been made in monitoring and understanding the way our coastline is affected by storms and by the day to day impact of our climate, which has led to significant investment in locations all along the North Yorkshire coast so that residents remain safe and property is protected wherever possible.

“Securing the safety of The South Cliff is a priority and the County Council is glad to be able to play a part in this vital project.”

The scheme has secured a £10.3 million contribution from central Government, through the Environment Agency.

North Yorkshire’s financial support was welcomed by the Leader of Scarborough Council, Cllr Derek Bastiman.

He said: “This is a major and important project for Scarborough, and it is good to see our two councils working so closely together on something so vital to our town.”

The scheme still must be approved by the borough council.

It will be voted on by members in September.