More than £5 million is to be spent on a project to stabilize cliffs along the coastline at Clacton and Holland-on-Sea, according to the Tendring District Council.
Over £2 million of the money has come from a major Coastal Protection Scheme along a 5 kms stretch of the same coastline being completed under budget and £3 million from Anglian Water.
The partners funding the work have agreed that the surplus cash can now be used to shore up the cliffs.
The project – which involved 23 new beaches and rock groynes being built – was completed in October. This coastal defense scheme was finished a year ahead of the expected timescale.
The work was funded by the Environment Agency (EA), Tendring District Council (TDC) and Essex County Council (ECC) with a further contribution from Anglian Water.
Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Coast Protection and Seafronts, said that the partners were in the latter stages of finalizing the bill for the major project.
“It has been brought in under time and under budget which is a massive credit to all those involved in the scheme,” he said.
“Due to there being cash left over we have an opportunity to use that to stabilize the cliffs along that stretch of the seafront.”
EA has already confirmed that its share of the unused pot, some £1.947 million, can be used to stabilize the cliffs along with £0.081 million from TDC’s share and £3 million from Anglian Water, making £5.028 million available in all.
The aim is to follow on from the Coastal Protection Project, begin works as soon as possible and carry it out in phases.