Pictures show how new sea defences are taking shape at Withernsea

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Aug 2017

These images show progress on essential work being carried out to improve Withernsea’s sea defences.

The work to replace old breakwaters, which will help retain the sand next to the hard coastal defences, should be finished by mid-September.

Hull-based civil engineering contractor Wright Civil Engineering started work four months ago on the East Riding Council scheme to replace old timber groynes.

Old breakwaters are being replaced on Withernsea beach (Image: Godfrey Holmes)

Withernsea resident Godfrey Holmes, whose North Promenade home overlooks the works, captured these latest images of the work, which he has been photographing since it started in April.

An East Riding Council spokesman said the work will help protect the Holderness resort from the sea.

The spokesman said: “For the last few months, we have been carrying out a major scheme to replace a number of timber groynes on the beach at Withernsea which have reached the end of their working lives.

A catamaran can be seen in the background as work continues on Withernsea beach (Image: Godfrey Holmes)

“These wooden structures date back to the early part of the 20th century and are essential to help retain the beach sand adjacent to the hard coastal defences.

“Without this sand, the coastal structures could become unstable, which could result in their collapse, putting the town at risk from the sea.

“This vital work is being carried out by our contractors, Wright Civil Engineering.

Work on the bach as the sun goes down at Withernsea (Image: Godfrey Holmes)

“Removing the old groynes is a long, laborious and very careful process.

“Once the old groynes have been removed, new ones are being installed close by the location of the originals.

“We are hopeful that this work will be substantially complete by mid September.”

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