Sea wall rescue plan moves on

Brid Seafront North Wall
Brid Seafront North Wall

PLANS to safeguard a stretch of Bridlington’s sea wall from further erosion are moving forward.

Unless steps are taken it is feared foundations along a 100 metre stretch of Bridlington’s 140-year-old Royal Prince’s Parade sea wall could be undermined, making it unstable.

The loss of sand over the years has meant some of the original foundations which are laid on sand and gravel are now as little as two to three feet below the surface.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is currently completing a report, based on the findings of an engineering survey carried out in March this year, to make a case to the Environment Agency for its approval before the authority can apply for Government funding for the coastal defence improvement works.

Neil McLachlan, the council’s coastal engineer, said: “We have a plan to safeguard it for the future which we hope to submit in September this year.

“If it is acceptable then we would seek Government funding and hope it may be possible to begin work in September 2012.”

Although not able to give full details, he said it is likely the sea defences work would involve using rock armour, mainly at the point where the sea wall meets the north pier of Bridlington harbour.

“That is the worst point, it is where the waves are concentrated and it is tending to undermine the wall.

“It is not going to fall down, but a serious storm could mean the situation becomes more urgent,” said Mr McLachlan.

Last winter damage was done to the wall and fairground rides above it caused by heavy seas at the point where the wall joins the north pier.

If approved, the work would be confined to the foot of the wall on the beach and not affect nearby premises.

It would also be done outside the main visitor season.

The cost is likely to be “substantial” but Government funding means it will not fall on local council tax payers.