A £5million project to shore up cliffs along the Holland-on-Sea seafront will begin this summer, now planning permission has been granted.
The scheme was unveiled last year, and since a public exhibition in October 2017 which showed strong support for the plans, the team has been busy working on various aspects of the project.
Phases one and two focus on the area under the Kings Cliff Hotel, between Hazelmere Road and Queensway. The scheme includes new drainage, sheet piled walls, and an easy access ramp down the cliff.
Anglian Water has provided £3m of funding for the project, with the rest coming from Tendring District Council (TDC) and cash left-over from the £36m new beach scheme.
Reptile-proof fencing was installed in March around phases one and two of the scheme, with the animals set to be relocated to nearby slopes before construction begins.
A planning application for the scheme was approved by TDC’s Planning Committee earlier this week (Tuesday, June 26).
The tender process has also now been completed and the winning contractor is JacksonHyder. TDC is in discussion with JacksonHyder about the schedule of works, and more details will be made public shortly.
Construction is scheduled to begin in August, and is expected to be completed late Spring 2019.
Mick Skeels, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, including seafronts, said the cliff stabilisation project was about more than shoring up the slopes.
“Of course the main reason for carrying out this work is to stabilise the cliffs, which provide protection to homes and businesses right along this part of the seafront,” he said.
“However, it also gives us an opportunity to make more general improvements – for example, by making our new beaches even more accessible by making less steep paths.”
Members of the public who spot damage to the reptile fencing are asked to report it by calling 01255 686962.