The second phase of a major £36 million coast protection scheme in Tendring gets off the ground later this month. The first section of the work between Holland Haven to Fernwood Avenue was recently completed with the beaches opened back up to the public.
According to the Tendring District Council, the initiative has been well-received with thousands of people visiting the golden sands over the past week or so.
Now the program is set to continue from Fernwood Avenue to Clacton Pier from the end of February with a planned completion at the end of the year. The second phase of the project will involve a further 15 fishtail groynes being built and the beaches between them being recharged.
Nick Turner, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Environment and Coast Protection, said there will be some disruption but it is all in a good cause.
“We have been both delighted and grateful that residents and beach hut owners have borne with us during the construction of phase one. Now that they can see what has been achieved and the wonderful beaches they can enjoy I am sure they will agree that it has been a very small price to pay for the long term gain,” he said.
“We once again ask those affected in the next stage to bear with us while this essential work is carried out – and I promise them they will be happy with the outcome,” Turner added.
The works will take place 24/7 due to the scheme being tide dependent and it is subject to weather and sea conditions. The promenade and beaches from Fernwood Avenue to Clacton Pier will need to be closed for safety reasons from around the end of February right through until the completion.