New sea defences are completed at cliffs near prominent tourist site

The sea defences at Trinity Cliffs near St Mary's Island.
The sea defences at Trinity Cliffs near St Mary's Island.

Work has been completed on installing new sea defences north of Whitley Bay.

The soft clay cliffs at Trinity Road – which provides access to St Mary’s Island – were being gradually eroded by the sea because the previous concrete seawall did not give the cliffs full protection.

Plans were drawn up for a scheme to provide a better long-term protection for a vital stretch of the coastline.

North Tyneside Council and the Environment Agency funded 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.

Mayor Norma Redfearn was delighted the scheme protecting the coastline had been completed.

She 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.

Information on this will be provided in the public information sessions on the Whitley Bay Seafront Masterplan, to be revealed in December.