Work begins on £6.8m beach replenishment scheme

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 24 Apr 2017

Work begins today on a £6.8 million project designed to reduce the coastal flood risk to homes and businesses in Lincolnshire.

The annual Environment Agency Lincshore scheme is now underway, with the purpose of replacing sand on a number of beaches in the region, that has been lost over the winter, and involves the dredging of sand from the sea bed which will then be pumped onto the beach.

The project hopes to reduce the risk of waves reaching and overtopping the main sea defences, protecting them from damage and erosion.

Work will begin today at Boygrift, and over the next six weeks beaches at Trusthorpe, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Trunch Lane, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Huttoft will all be replenished.

Mark Robinson, senior coastal advisor at the Environment Agency, said:"The beaches take the brunt of the waves' energy, which would otherwise impact on coastal defences such as sea walls. Storms and large waves are more frequent during winter months, leading to erosion of the sand from these beaches.

"Replacing the sand helps extend the life of the sea defences – defences that reduce coastal flood risk to more than 30,000 homes and businesses, 19,000 static caravans and 35,000 hectares of land.

"Additionally there's an amenity value, benefitting and encouraging tourism on the coast, as otherwise there would be very little sand on our beaches."

Mark added: "We time our works to minimise disruption to local communities and visitors, but unfortunately we will need to close off sections of beach while we're working on them to keep people safe.

"This work is important to maintain coastal flood defences, so we appreciate residents' ongoing patience if there's minor disruption."

This year, around 350,000m3 of sand will be dredged from designated areas 20km offshore. The dredger used will be the HAM316, which carries about 10,000 tonnes of sand at a time. Additionally, the equipment used to move sand on the beach has the lowest carbon footprint of its class.

Lincshore first began in 1994 and covers 20km of beach frontage between Skegness and Mablethorpe. 

The Environment Agency is currently reviewing how coastal flood risk will continue to be managed in the future and will be seeking the views of local communities, businesses and partners to help shape this.

While Lincshore helps maintain an excellent standard of protection from flooding, those living and working in coastal communities should take steps to ensure they know what to do in an emergency – such as knowing your risk, making a plan, and signing up for our free flood warnings.

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