East Lindsey District Council continuing efforts to move ‘thousands of tonnes of sand’ from promenades after gales

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East Lindsey District Council is today (Thursday) continuing in efforts to move ‘thousands of tonnes of sand’ from promenades after storm force easterly winds wrought havoc in coastal communities.

Shifting sands have inundated gardens and coastal paths in recent days - and undone earlier efforts to clear paths in time for the start of Easter and the tourist season.

This path near the RNLI shed in Skegness was completely submerged beneath the sands on Saturday morning, in an image more akin to a desert.

This path near the RNLI shed in Skegness was completely submerged beneath the sands on Saturday morning, in an image more akin to a desert.

Sand is so deep in places it has brought down garden walls through its sheer weight.

In a Facebook update this morning East Lindsey has updated the public on its efforts to try to remove the sand.

They said: “Today we’re continuing our efforts to move thousands of tonnes of sand and gain access to the Promenades for emergency vehicles and businesses over Easter. More wind expected though.”

The news follows a statement from the Environment Agency yesterday in which it warned that the sheer volume of sand blown ashore would make it impossible to clear it all away before the start of the bank holiday weekend.

They said: “East Lindsey District Council has spent a great deal of time leading up to the important bank holiday weekend to ensure tourism areas were clear of sand in support of local businesses.

“This unprecedented weather has made conditions extremely difficult and this good work has now been undone.

“It won’t be possible to clear all the sand from the promenades in time for the Easter weekend.”