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Crumbling sea wall to be repaired

Almost 1m has been granted by the government to repair crumbling sea defences at an Essex resort.

The funds have been awarded to Tendring District Council for work to be carried out for the reconstruction of the sea wall at Holland-on-Sea.

Last year the council carried out 400,000 of emergency repairs after part of the wall collapsed.

The grant would in the short term, but more funds were needed to fully protect the wall, a council spokesman said.

"This is really what we call a 'Do Minimum' scheme and all it will do is help prevent the further collapse of the sea wall along this part of the coastline," Harry Shearing, of the district council said.

"What we really need is the 24m scheme - originally approved by the government - which was due to get under way in 2004 but was then cancelled.

"That really would have protected our defences from erosion from the sea.

"All we can do in the meantime is to keep patching the defences up and hope they will hold out.

"However, it is little more than emergency work and is not the long term answer to this issue."

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