Councillors seek more information on sea defence proposals

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A DECISION over a major scheme which will see a huge sea defence built in a bid to protect one of Yorkshire’s most popular attractions from landslips has been delayed until next year.

Scarborough Council’s Cabinet has agreed to launch a detailed investigation into plans for a new sea wall around a stretch of the resort’s South Bay.

The scheme is designed to protect the area from the ravages of the North Sea and the increasing risks of climate change. However, it will also play a key part in stabilising the cliff behind the famous Scarborough Spa complex which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Officers urged the cabinet to back a move which would see a new wave wall constructed above walkway level, with rock armour in front of the existing sea wall and major slope stabilisation work.

After exploring six options for the work, councillors have asked officials for more details on two of the proposals which they are set to consider in February 2012. Experts say the cliff is already showing evidence of damage owing to landslide movements.