Holland on Sea Coastal Scheme Completed

Recharged and rejuvenated beaches at Holland on Sea will reopen to the public tomorrow following the completion of phase one of a £36 million coastal protection scheme.

The beaches have been closed off for safety reasons while the work has been undertaken by contractors. Tendring District Council (TDC) has now taken possession of the sands back – and is looking to give access to most of the area.

Further minor projects will be going ahead over the next two months at various locations but general access will be available.

Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Protection, said: “We have had fantastic feedback from people who are amazed at the state of the beaches – especially in comparison to what was there before.”

“I am glad that we can reopen the stretch that is now complete so residents and visitors can get down there and take a closer look for themselves. I can assure them they will not be disappointed.”

County Councillor Roger Hirst, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Libraries, Planning and the Environment added: “The re-opening of the beaches means that they are now safer for the public to enjoy and we are pleased to showcase what has been achieved with on-going work at this stage.”

TDC has a team undertaking minor safety works around the landward end of the rock groynes and it is also using a JCB to level out beach material at the Gap launching ramp and some of the beach access steps.

Daily beach inspections also will be carried out by the main contractor to pick up any steel reinforcement which washes out from the old groynes as the beach settles down along with any small rocks. Repairs will also be carried out to the launching ramp at Holland Gap which has suffered as a result of the very heavy use by the construction plant.

The main contractor for the scheme is VBA Joint Venture Limited, with the program being project managed by Mott MacDonald.

The new coastal defenses will protect more than 3,000 residential and commercial properties for the next 100 years and will act as a catalyst for the renaissance of the seafront.

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Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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