Work to begin on the £27million flood defence scheme for East Rhyl

Written by on 16/04/2020

Work is due to begin on a £27million flood defence scheme in Rhyl.

The East Rhyl Coastal Defence Scheme will protect 1,650 properties in East Rhyl and will be funded through the Welsh Government, as well as part funding by Denbighshire County Council.

Preparatory work on the two year project will start onsite on April 16 with the main contractor Balfour Beatty putting in a range of additional measures to ensure it can adhere to the latest UK guidelines around Covid 19, ensuring there will be no impact on public safety.

The proposed scheme involves the placement of 128,000 tonnes of rock armour in front of the existing sea defences at East Rhyl, as well as 600 metres of new sea defence wall and promenade.

Cllr Brian Jones, the Council’s Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, said:  “The 2013 floods affected hundreds of residents in the area and this scheme will significantly reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses and offer some peace of mind to those residents.

“These defences will also help protect the area from the impact of climate change which could see sea levels rise and increased frequency of storms.

We are aware that there may be some sensitivity about construction schemes proceeding at this time, and we have discussed whether it is right to start this scheme now.  However, this project will  protect property and lives.  Delaying the project could add an additional period of winter working, which would extend the amount of time those communities remain vulnerable, putting many homes at risk of further flooding.

“Therefore, on reflection, we believe that it is right to proceed with the project, and it has been agreed that the work will commence as planned.”

Thomas Edgcumbe, Balfour Beatty, Managing Director for its North and Midlands regional business, said: “We look forward to delivering this significant scheme for the local community whilst engaging with a local supply chain. The health, safety and wellbeing of all those who work with and for us, as well as the general public, is always our priority. All works will be delivered in line with current guidance on COVID-19 from the UK Government.”

Denbighshire County Council – Posted on Wednesday 15th April 2020

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