Skipsea cliff erosion findings to be revealed

The cliff erosion at Skipsea in December.
The cliff erosion at Skipsea in December.

THE results of a coastal erosion monitoring programme will be explained to residents in Skipsea next month.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council carried out the latest surveys in September 2012, revealing that a wetter than normal summer had not led to an appreciable increase in overall cliff erosion rates – apart from at ‘hot spots’ such as Skipsea where up to eight metres has eroded in the last six months.

Coun Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic development, tourism and rural issues, said: “The council continues to work positively with local MPs to lobby Defra Ministers for a dedicated, ongoing fund to help our residents to deal with the effects of coastal erosion.

“That type of fund would allow us to build on the good work that we’ve been able to deliver in coastal communities through the Coastal Change Pathfinder.”

The council has organised informal public events which will allow residents to access the latest coastal erosion maps, and speak to council officers who monitor coastal erosion.

The first event takes place at Skipsea Village Hall, between 3pm and 7pm, on Monday, February 25, and is followed by events at Aldbrough and Withernsea.

The bi-annual surveys – completed in spring and autumn – use GPS monitoring, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology and aerial photography to give a precise picture of how the coast has changed since the previous survey.

Areas which were particularly hit by erosion during this monitoring period included sections through Aldbrough, Skipsea, Rolston and Cowden, plus to the north and south of Withernsea.

Between these sites relatively little, if any, cliff erosion occurred through long stretches of open coastline.

Officers will talk about the work which has been completed since the end of the East Riding Coastal Change Pathfinder (ERCCP) project in March 2012, and confirm how the limited, remaining ERCCP funds can be accessed by coastal communities for adaptation and relocation.

Visitors will also have access to details about, and expressions of interest for, the East Riding Coastal Partnership, which is due to launch in mid-2013 as a forum for discussing local coastal change issues.