Resort ready to decide on flood plan

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The preferred option for multi-million pound sea defences which will transform Scarborough’s South Bay is due to be agreed by councillors next week after more than a decade of work.

Scarborough Council’s Cabinet is set to rubber stamp pushing forward with plans for a new £16.6m sea wall around a stretch of the resort’s South Bay to protect the area from the North Sea and climate change – despite fears Government funding may not be secured in the face of rival coastal protection schemes.

After exploring six options for the work, officers have put forward a scheme which would see a new 1.1m wave wall constructed above walkway level, with rock armour in front of the existing sea wall.

The scheme has been backed ahead of a rival £22m option to build a stepped concrete revetment with a 1.4m wave wall similar to one which has been completed to high acclaim in Weston-Super Mare.

Following next Tuesday’s meeting, council officers will prepare a business case on the preferred option to submit to the Environment Agency in order to obtain further funding.