Sea defences strengthened in Whitley Bay

Work to strengthen a vital sea defence has been completed.

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:50 pm
Work has been completed to strengthen the sea defences at the southern promenade in Whitley Bay.

Southern Promenade, in Whitley Bay, reopened to the public earlier this month following the completion of the complex and challenging project.

The redundant stairwell on the promenade has been infilled with concrete to create a continuous seawall, which officials say will help reduce the risk of future storm damage.

The works were carried out for North Tyneside Council by its strategic partner Capita.

It is part of the authority’s Ambition for North Tyneside strategy, which sets out how it hopes to help shape North Tyneside and make sure it is fit for the future.

Officials say it builds on the Mayor’s and Cabinet’s promises to the borough for the next four years through the ‘Our North Tyneside Plan’, which aims to make sure everyone is ready for school, work and life, cared for, healthy and safeguarded, and that the area is a great place to live, work and visit.

Throughout the Southern Promenade project, the team faced many challenges due to the stairwell’s complex coastal location, requiring careful coordination and expertise of the construction team to work around high tide and the ever-changing weather conditions.

Coun Carl Johnson, cabinet member for Environment and Transport, said: “These strengthening works will help secure the long-term future of this important sea defence in Whitley Bay.

“It’s important we safeguard our coastline, so it continues to be a popular location for residents, visitors and businesses.

“This is part of ambitious plans for the whole of North Tyneside and builds on the success of our multi-million-pound investment in revitalising the coast at Whitley Bay.”