Major Sea Defence Scheme Gets a Green Light
A successful government funding bid for £2.8 million will enable a key sea defence scheme to begin in Herne Bay this autumn. The scheme is to include 24 new timber beach groynes – 13 at the King’s Hall and 11 at Lane End.
According to Canterbury City Council, the existing structures were built in 1963 and 1972 respectively and are now at the end of their design life, meaning they cannot provide sufficient protection to the sea wall.
The work also includes a small section of rock protection between the King’s Hall Pumping Station and Herne Bay Sailing Club, seawall and promenade repairs, handrail refurbishment and beach recycling.
The timber for the groynes, Greenheart, will be Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) approved and sourced from Guyana where it is native. Greenheart is one of the strongest commercially available timbers and is ideally suited for marine construction where resistance to marine borers, strength and long life is required.
Subject to planning permission and a Marine Management Organisation licence, work on site in Herne Bay will start in September and run until spring 2019, minimising disruption in the busy summer period.