Coast protection scheme - frequently asked questions

How long will the fishtail groynes be?

Approximately 90 metres.

Where is the sand coming from?

Sand/shingle is being dredged from a Crown Licensed site 19 km offshore.

What are blue markings for?

This is where old groynes have been removed and is information for the construction team.

What is the distance between each of the new groynes?

Approximately 220 metres.

How do fishtail groynes work?

The bigger arm is protection against the North Sea waves.  The smaller arm for waves coming up from Kent.

How long will the groynes last?

The rocks should last at least 100 years with maintenance.

How many groynes will there be?

There will be 22 fishtail groynes and one terminal groyne, positioned near the radar mast.

Why did you put sand/shingle there at the beginning of the scheme?

To form a firm platform to assist with the construction of the fishtail groynes and allow the heavy machinery to be in place as long as possible, even at high tide.

Will we be able to use the beach all the time, once the scheme is completed?

There should always be beach available, even at high tide. During storm events there may be no beach available. The beach will be periodically re-profiled and recharged as part of the maintenance regime.  The beach shape will change due to the coastal processes.

Will the promenade and steps be replaced where they are damaged?

The promenade and steps will be repaired as part of a planned maintenance program by the Council.

Will the steps from the promenade to the beach be removed?

No, the steps will remain where they are.

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Last updated on: 19/12/2014 - 11:44