Coastal erosion experts to put together case for more sea defence works in Northumberland

Council officers are putting together a fresh business case for further sea defence works in Northumberland.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 4:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 4:42 pm
Harbour Road, Beadnell. Picture: Google
Harbour Road, Beadnell. Picture: Google

Attentions have turned to Beadnell following the completion of a £3million repair scheme at nearby Seahouses pier.

A number of holes in the sea defences on Harbour Road were found in 2017 when an inspection was carried out by county councillor Guy Renner-Thompson and former parish council vice chairman Richard Batten.

Northumberland County Council pointed the worst areas of the wall and patched up an area where under scour had occurred.

Officers in the council’s flood and coastal erosion team had already been working to develop a scheme to address the general condition of defences in Beadnell to safeguard the village’s future. The last estimate in 2013 put the cost at around £1million.

However, they are now embarking on a refresh of the business case which should be completed by April.

This will be used in the first instance to update the Environment Agency's funding programme and the council’s own capital plan.

The flood and coastal erosion team will then be in a position to progress the scheme over the next two to three years.

Coun Renner-Thompson said: "I'd like to reassure homes and business in Beadnell that the sea defences are in good health and there is no danger of failure.

“I am delighted the coastal team's attention has now turned to the long term future of Beadnell following the successful completion of the £3million Seahouses pier restoration scheme.

“I will continue to push for investment in our coastal communities from County Hall.”