Update on the North Beach Clearance work

The tidy up work on the North Beach of Cleethorpes has been a long term plan for Big Local North Cleethorpes ever since the original planning.  Progress has been slow but there has now been some movement and activity worth reporting on.

The following description and update comes from our recent plan review (May 2017)…

The Partnership has a long-held ambition to help restore the North Beach area at the end of the North Promenade to a condition where it can be used as an amenity by local people. As it stands, the beach is littered with debris including remnants of old flood defences which are both dangerous and unsightly. The Partnership wants to employ specialist contractors to remove the debris.

The previous Review Report (2014-15) catalogued the long running saga of attempting to prove ownership of the site, necessary in order to obtain the necessary permissions for work to go ahead. Due to the dogged persistence of the Chair of the Partnership’s Environment Sub-Group, and with legal support funded by the Big Local Marketplace allocation, evidence of ownership was eventually clarified. This was not however without some ambiguity, and technicalities over leases and a seeming reluctance on the part of the Local Authority to concede responsibility for the site has continued to frustrate progress. In the meantime, the estimated cost of debris removal has escalated significantly.

During the Plan Review period, there was a significant development prompted by the failure of the terminal wooden groyne protecting the site. (The groyne is a low lying wooden wall stretching out to sea that limits the movement of sediment helping to build up a larger section of beach). The terminal groyne is to be replaced by a stone structure and by mid-May 2017, work started to clear the larger debris from the North Beach in order for the construction work to go ahead. Discussions have taken place with North East Lincolnshire Council with a view to extending the debris clearance beyond the groyne site up to Suggitts Lane though there is an additional complication in that the groyne failure has resulted in sand from the beach south of the site covering much of the smaller debris to the north. The contractors working on the beach consider that removing this smaller
debris would cause too much disruption to the beach and are therefore disinclined to extend the
clearance. At the time of writing, the Partnership is considering an alternative strategy to lobby for
the replacement of other the ‘lesser’ wooden groynes which were removed as part of flood defence
work carried out on the 1970s. Research has revealed that it was the intention to replace these lesser groynes, but the work was never carried out contributing to the loss of sand from the site.

Whilst none of the allocated budget for the work has been spent, and the slow rate of progress has
been a constant frustration for the partnership, there is finally some movement towards restoring
this part of the beach as a public amenity. Relationships with the local authority have improved and
positions are less entrenched.

General and ongoing information about the beach clearance work can be found on the dedicated page here.