A £6.8 million coastal protection scheme, aimed to reduce the risk of coastal flooding in Lincolnshire, has officially begun.
Over the next 6 weeks, beaches at Trusthorpe, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Trunch Lane, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Huttoft will be replenished with 350,000 cubic meters of sand dredged from designated areas 20km offshore.
Mark Robinson, senior coastal adviser at the Environment Agency, said: “The beaches take the brunt of the waves’ energy, which would otherwise impact on coastal defenses such as sea walls. Storms and large waves are more frequent during winter months, leading to erosion of the sand from these beaches.”
Robinson added that replacing the sand helps extend the life of the sea defenses – defenses that reduce coastal flood risk to more than 30,000 homes and businesses, 19,000 static caravans and 35,000 hectares of land.
The dredger used will be the TSHD HAM 316, which carries about 10,000 tonnes of sand at a time.