Mablethorpe

Government invests £6.8m to protect Lincolnshire coast from flooding

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The Environment Agency will spend a total of £6.8 million on protecting sea defences this month, protecting the Lincolnshire coast from flooding.

The Lincshore originally began in 1994, covering 20km of beach between Skegness and Mablethorpe.

From Monday, April 24, around 350,000m3 of sand will be designated onto beaches in Trusthorpe, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Trunch Lane, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Huttoft.

These beaches will have sand replenished.

Mark Robinson, senior coastal advisor at the Environment Agency, said: “The beaches take the brunt of the waves’ energy, which would otherwise impact on coastal defences such as sea walls.

“Storms and large waves are more frequent during winter months, leading to erosion of the sand from these beaches.

“Replacing the sand helps extend the life of the sea defences – defences that reduce coastal flood risk to more than 30,000 homes and businesses, 19,000 static caravans and 35,000 hectares of land.

“We time our works to minimise disruption to local communities and visitors, but unfortunately we will need to close off sections of beach while we’re working on them to keep people safe.

“This work is important to maintain coastal flood defences, so we appreciate residents’ ongoing patience if there’s minor disruption.”