Work to start on repairing sea defences

Funding has been secured to carry out essential repairs to parts of the sea wall at Whitley Bay later this year.

Widespread damage was caused along the north east coast last December after unique weather conditions resulted in a storm surge.

In North Tyneside, the surge washed away a large section of Southern Promenade sea wall near to the paddling pool, and the area has since been closed to the public for safety reasons.

North Tyneside Council has now been awarded £120,000 from the Environment Agency to repair the wall so that further damage does not occur this winter.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member with responsibility for environment, said: “Last December’s storm surge was a very unusual environmental event, and although we were prepared for its impact we could not prevent the damage it caused to our sea defences.

“I’m delighted we’ve secured funding for repairs and that work will begin soon to restore this section of the wall.”

Engineers are now planning the work, expected to start in the autumn. Once the sea wall is repaired, work can be carried out to bring the Southern Promenade back into full use.