FLOODS ONE YEAR ON: January start date for flood wall work

The scene at the kiosks on Skegness seafront the day after the storm surge. Photo: Daniel Taylor.
The scene at the kiosks on Skegness seafront the day after the storm surge. Photo: Daniel Taylor.

A Skegness sea wall damaged by last December’s tidal surge is to be replaced, with work now expected to start next month.

The project to replace the stone wall with a new reinforced concrete one is due to get under way in January.

Temporary defences offering the same level of protection will be in place until the work is complete.

Planning permission has been granted for the project which will see the Environment Agency and East Lindsey District Council working together to build the new tidal defence and increase the width of the promenade.

The new flood wall, between the RNLI station and Scarborough Esplanade, will incorporate around 140m of seating along its 300m stretch.

There will be four fewer sea doors reducing the need to operate them manually when high tides are forecast as well as reducing maintenance costs.

The public will still be able to access the promenade.

Kevin Abbott, of the Environment Agency, said: “We need to replace the tidal defence as a result of damage caused by last December’s tidal surge. Working in partnership will not only ensure flood risk continues to be reduced to homes and businesses in Skegness, but will also benefit the resort’s tourism trade.”

East Lindsey District Council will carry out works to reinstate the promenade.

Portfolio Holder for finance and property at the district council Coun John Upsall said: “Working with the Environment Agency, we were keen to seize the opportunity these works presented. The widening of the promenade and additional seating will be of significant benefit to both local people and visitors to the resort.”

l You can see the latest flood warnings on the Environment Agency website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

l People can also sign up for Flood Warnings Direct, which alert them by telephone to any new Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings,by calling 0345 988 1188.

Floodline Warnings Direct is a free service that provides flood warnings by phone, text or email. For more information visit https://fwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/app/olr/home.