Cleethorpes beach ‘safe for generations’ as giant Norwegian rocks complete flood defences
Cleethorpes beach has been safeguarded for generations to come thanks to a £1.5million flood defence project.
Hundreds of tonnes of Norwegian rocks were installed at the northern end of the North Promenade, next to Wonderland, Cleethorpes to protect the shore from erosion and flooding.
Groynes along the beach have also been refurbished to safeguard the sand.
The £1.5million flood defence project will protect businesses on the North Promenade in Cleethorpes.
The project was completed on time and on budget, said North East Lincolnshire Council.
Kamen Kalchev, coastal advisor at the Environment Agency, said: “We were happy to work on this project with North East Lincolnshire Council as well as Natural England to ensure that the appropriate approvals were in place prior to works starting in this environmentally sensitive area of Cleethorpes.
“We worked in partnership with the council to obtain government funding for this project.”
The £1.5m project started in April this year to replace the linear timber groyne with a Y-shaped rock groyne.
Nearly 12,000 tonnes of rock was delivered from Norway to complete the new groyne, with some of the rock sizes being up to four tonnes in weight.
The remaining timber groynes along the North Promenade have also been refurbished as part of the scheme to prolong the groynes’ residual life.
The groyne plays a vital role in maintaining sand levels on the beach to reduce the impact of the waves on the sea walls, protecting this area of Cleethorpes from flooding.
Councillor David Watson, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “The original groyne was over one hundred years old, and came to the end of its natural life.
“The new groyne has been designed to re-establish the sand levels in this area, whilst continuing to play an important role in flood defence.”
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