Planners to decide on £1.4m plan to protect Bridlington seafront from coastal erosion
A £1.4 million scheme to protect Bridlington's historic seafront from coastal erosion goes before planning councillors next week.
If approved, it would see hundreds of tonnes of imported Norwegian rock being placed on the seaward side of the resort's North Pier.
In addition, another wall of rocks will be constructed in front of the adjacent 104-year-old Royal Prince's Parade near the Floral Pavilion.
There will also be strengthening works carried out on the existing sea walls.
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Mike Ball, East Riding Council's principal engineer, said: "The point where the North Pier and Royal Prince's Parade join is effectively a 90-degree corner that takes the full brunt of wave impact from the sea.
"Because of the direction of the sea and the tides, that corner is a real focus for taking the full force of the waves that reach the shore.
"We have suffered problems with erosion there in the past and in 1995 there was a partial collapse of a section of the North Pier in the area."
Mr Ball said the strengthening works and rock armour defences would help prevent any further damage.
He said: "Because the level of the beach is steadily lowering, there is a real danger the stability of the pier would be compromised if we did nothing.
"I'm not saying it is in danger of imminent collapse but because of the way it was originally constructed, we need to carry out underpinning work, which involves creating a concrete apron and packing it with sheet piling."
Mr Ball said the intended granite rocks earmarked for the project would be the same as those recently used in sea defence projects at Withernsea, Hornsea and Easington.
"All those schemes are working well and doing the job they were intended for," he said.
"Hopefully, the same will apply in Bridlington."
A set of steps leading to the beach between the North Pier and Royal Prince's Parade will also be strengthened. If given the go-ahead, the work is expected to start later this year.
Mr Ball said: "People might wonder why we are looking to do quite a complex job during the worst of the winter weather but we have to balance that against the impact of a scheme like this on a tourist resort like Bridlington if it was carried out during the spring or summer.
"Hopefully, we can get going before the end of the year and finish it before the start of the holiday season next year."
A planning application covering the scheme and a separate application for listed building consent for pier work are being recommended for approval.