WORK STARTS ON LANDSLIP DAMAGE

COUNCIL officials have revealed that they will spend £300,000 on the first stage of work to stabilise the cliffs in North Bay following a series of major landslips last month.

COUNCIL officials have revealed that they will spend 300,000 on the first stage of work to stabilise the cliffs in North Bay following a series of major landslips last month.

The final bill for the work to shore up the cliffs could be higher and it remains unclear whether the council or the Government will pick up the tab.

Contractors employed by the council started work in the Castle Holms area today.

It had previously been identified as a section of the town s coastline which needed work as part of the council s long-term coastal defence strategy.

Its instability has been made worse by the torrential rain and wet weather which saturated the cliffs and caused the landslips last month.

In a new fall, part of a railing at the top of the cliff has plunged over the edge and is visible from below as the earth continues to erode.

It has been dry in Scarborough for 18 of the past 100 days and there has been half-an-inch of rainfall in the past 24 hours.

The council says planned work has been brought forward and specialist contractors Amec Civil Engineering are sinking deep-bored piles and carrying out drainage work to stabilise the cliffs.

The work will take several weeks to complete and may cause some disruption to Marine Drive, which has been closed at night since the initial landslips.

Cllr Godfrey Allanson, chairman of the council s environmental health and control committee, said: These works are aimed at securing these very important coastal assets.

We re discussing with the Government s agencies how this work, and work at other areas affected in the aftermath of the flooding, can be funded. We are optimistic that we will be able to attract grant aid."

It is expected that the work will cost around 300,000 and it will be the first significant work to address problems following last month s downpours.

It is not known when work on the slips in South Bay will start.

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