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Whitley Bay Sea Defences Complete

14th December 2014

New sea defences north of Whitley Bay are now complete, providing long-term protection for a vital part of the North Tyneside coastline.

The soft clay cliffs at Trinity Road, which provides access to St Mary's Island, were being gradually eroded by the sea as the previous concrete seawall didn't give the cliffs full protection.

To address the issue, North Tyneside Council and the Environment Agency joined together to fund a £210,000 project that involved connecting a series of interlocking concrete blocks to create a barrier 50m long and 6m high.

Work began on the scheme, designed by the local authority's technical services partner Capita, at the end of September and has now been completed within the five week target.

Additional landscaping will be provided on the top of the cliffs to link into the council's wider plans for the regeneration of the Whitley Bay seafront.

Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn said: "Securing the future of Whitley Bay seafront for residents and visitors needs to address all essential aspects and protecting the coastline is an integral part of that work.
"I am delighted that this important sea defence scheme is now completed. It will ensure that a vital part of our coastline is protected from the effects of the sea for years to come."

A further scheme is planned to protect the sea wall at the bottom of Central Promenade, which is subject to planning approval and marine licensing.

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