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Coastal defence works completed
Work started on the 40m project in 2002
Controversial sea defence works in Scarborough have been completed.

The 53m project, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, saw original iron railings along Marine Drive replaced with a one-metre-high concrete wall.

It cost almost 30m more than first expected, there were complaints about the removal of the Victorian railings and faults in the sea wall were found.

But the council said the faults had been fixed and Marine Drive has reopened to pedestrians and vehicles.

'Future monitoring'

Godfrey Allanson, from Scarborough Council, said: "I am delighted to see that the remedial works have been completed before the main visitor season and that both residents and visitors will once again to able to enjoy the full splendour of a stroll around the drive.

"We will, of course, be undertaking monitoring in the future but the benefits of the works are already self-evident for those who regularly use this important part of Scarborough's frontage."

An aerial scan of the site will be carried out at the end of July to check the works and provide a benchmark to monitor ongoing performance of the sea defences.

Further monitoring will take place once a year.

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