A £631,000 project to bolster crumbling North Bay sea defences will start next month in a bid to protect hundreds of properties from slipping into the sea.
Funded by the Environment Agency and Scarborough Council, sections of the sea wall will be repaired near the Oasis Café and close to the chalets beyond The Sands development.
It comes after an inspection last year revealed 295 cliff-top properties were at risk as a result of failing defences and “urgent” emergency work needed to be carried out.
Cllr Mike Cockerill, cabinet member for harbours, assets, coast and flood protection, said: “It’s absolutely vital this work is carried out to protect the many large hotels and residential properties which would be at risk if there was a breach of the sea defences.
“There is a long list of defects which need to be rectified including displaced and fractured blockwork as well as erosion to the foundations of the sea wall.”
The project, which will coincide with work currently being carried out by highways and Yorkshire Water, is expected to be completed by contractors, Transcore, by next spring.
However, Cllr Cockerill said he was confident the repairs would not “significantly add” to the disruption caused by the works.
“Our work should be completed well before the Easter holidays,” he said.
The age of the original sea defence structures, not included in the Castle Headland Coast Protection works in 2002, date to 1890. However, additions and improvements were made to various sections of the sea wall in the 1920s, 1950s and most recently the 1970s.
Behind the defences are coastal slopes consisting of glacial till overlaying sand and mudstone. Immediately above the slopes are many large historic hotels and residential properties, all potentially at risk should the sea wall fail.
The council is hosting a public information evening next month for residents to find out more about the project and ask questions. The drop-in event will take place at Scarborough Bowls Centre, Peasholm Road, from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday, December 6.
Sea defences and coastal erosion were brought into focus in June 1993 with the collapse of the Holbeck Hall Hotel.