New £500k sea defence scheme to boost flood protection


New sea defences will be constructed to better protect Skegness from flooding.

The £500,000 scheme replaces the existing stone flood wall damaged during December’s tidal surge.

The Environment Agency and East Lindsey District Council are working together to build the new tidal 
flood defence wall and increase the width of the promenade.

The new concrete flood wall will be constructed in the area between the RNLI station and Scarborough Esplanade, known as North Bracing.

It will include around 140m of seating along its 300m length. Street art could also decorate sections of the wall.

The project, which is at the design stage, is estimated to cost about £500,000.

Work is due to start after the summer holiday season to minimise disruption.

However, some inconvenience will be unavoidable.

The work includes reducing the number of ‘sea doors’. This will minimise the need to operate the doors manually when high tides are forecast and lessen maintenance costs.

Two gates and a ramp near to the lifeboat station are planned.

East Lindsey District Council will carry out work to reinstate the promenade, including resurfacing, in front of the new defence wall.

The council is also planning to widen the promenade, relocating covered seating shelters and bins and cladding the concrete seating created within the new sea wall.

North Bracing bore the brunt of the sea damage on the Lincolnshire coast during the tidal surge.

The wall is designed so the waves would bounce off similar to snooker balls from a cushion shot.

It is intended that the defences will be in place in time for the winter storm tides.