Work to pause on sea wall for holiday season

Work on the new Skegness sea wall.
Work on the new Skegness sea wall.

Work on a new £500,000 sea defence scheme in Skegness is set to pause during the summer to avoid disrupting the holiday season.

Construction will be halted between June and September with completion scheduled before Christmas.

The concrete sea wall will replace flood defences damaged in the December 2013 tidal surge.

Contractors Balfour Beatty are carrying out the work, which started in February, on behalf of the Environment Agency.

It is taking place on a 300 metre section between the RNLI station and Scarbrough Esplanade, known as North Bracing.

East Lindsey District Council is contributing around £200,000 to improve the promenade which will be doubled in width with 140m of seating installed.

Flood and coastal risk management advisor at the Environment Agency Kevin Abbott said: “Replacing the damaged sea wall will reduce flood risk to local homes and businesses and will support the resort’s tourism industry, benefitting residents and visitors alike.”

He added: “This work has been planned with public safety in mind, and while some disruption will be unavoidable, we will do our best to minimise this – for example, by pausing construction during the busy holiday season.”

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