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Clacton £3.9m Coastal Defence Scheme Completed

A vital construction project to stabilise the cliffs at Holland on Sea has been completed, providing vital protection to homes and businesses for decades to come.

The scheme, carried out by Tendring District Council, finished in time for the 2019 Clacton Airshow.

The project, built by Jackson Civil Engineering involved stabilising a 500 metre section of the coastal slope using a specialist drainage system. A new accessible ramp was also introduced, improving access from the top of the cliff down to the seafront and the beaches – themselves newly created over the past few years in a £35m coastal defence scheme to protect the seafront from coastal erosion.

The team from Jackson was also recognised by the Considerate Constructors Scheme for its high quality community engagement and awarded a ‘Beyond Compliance’ certificate for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Initiatives included working with Holland Haven Primary School to produce artwork for the site compound fencing and sponsoring the Holland-on-Sea Christmas Tree for 2018. To enable construction the team temporarily removed and stored 80 beach huts with the support from owners, with a local carpenter employed to make repairs to huts before and during relocation.

These have since been returned to the promenade and are now situated on a new, hard standing concrete base to increase the beach hut lifespan.

Cllr Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said: “This scheme was vital to protect homes and businesses along Holland-on-Sea for decades to come, preventing the decline and collapse of the cliffs.

“But it also gave the opportunity to improve access to our new beaches for all, meaning everyone can enjoy them and get maximum benefit from our seafront.”

Andy Wargent, Jackson’s Project Manager: “The Clacton Slope Stabilisation Scheme has been a pleasure to deliver on behalf of Tendring District Council. It was essential the slopes were stabilised to reduce movement and provide protection to the beach huts and promenade for years to come.”

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