Cliff stabilisation scheme to get underway next year

Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Councillor Mick Skeels

A major new £5 million scheme to stabilise cliffs along the Clacton and Holland-on-Sea coastline is set to get underway early next year.

Tendring District Council (TDC) has been working closely with Mott MacDonald to assess the various options available.

Plans have now been drawn up and a second public engagement event is to be held at the Kingscliff Hotel on October 31, 2017, between 12noon and 6pm.

The work will need to address the various issues and enhance the cliffs in this area of the coastline.

The cliffs are currently unstable in several areas and therefore prone to shallow landslides.

Some sections along the Clacton frontage have already had to be closed off due to the movement of the slopes above the promenade.

Mick Skeels, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said that the initiative follows on from the successful recently constructed £36million coastal protection scheme.

“It is vital that we now look at stabilising the cliffs and plans have been drawn up for managing these coastal slopes to reduce the movement and provide protection,” he added.

“We held a very successful initial event at the Kingscliff last year and around 70 people turned up to ask questions and give their views.

“I hope that this next session will be equally well attended and it is a chance for residents to have their say and see what’s on the table.”

Cllr Skeels said that the Council has made a commitment to ensure people are kept informed every step of the way – as it did with the coastal protection scheme.

This latest project has become necessary as the measures put in place in the 1950s and 1960s are now coming to the end of their natural life.

The money for the forthcoming work has been found from the coastal protection scheme completed in October 2015 which came in ahead of time and under budget.

It will be carried out with minimal disruption to the public and other users.

The benefits will be cost effective maintenance of the cliffs, an improved public realm and experience, and restoration of beach huts.

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