View of Lynemouth. Major clean up works are due to start later this year

Historic pollution clean-up work gets the final go-ahead

Major works to tackle historical pollution on the coast at Lynemouth have now received all the necessary planning and regulatory consents, meaning the scheme can get underway later this year. 
The Council has allocated £5m to undertake the works on its land to clean up this stretch of coastline and stop historic waste deposits from washing into the sea in this area.  
All the necessary regulatory consents for the scheme have now been secured, along with the final waste recovery permit from the Environment Agency. 
However, due to the weather and environmental constraints which affect the timing of the planned works on the site, the window for starting the works in the 2022/23 financial year has been missed.  
It has therefore been necessary to reassess the start date for the works on site. Site set up and preparatory work is now due to start from autumn 2023, with the main works taking place through 2024 when some elements of the scheme, including reforming the dunes, can be carried out in better weather. 
In the meantime council teams continue to visit weekly to monitor and remove material from the beach, where able and safe to do so. The public is reminded they should not seek to remove material themselves. 
Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: “Key elements to this complex project have always been securing all the right permits and ensuring we start work in the right weather and environmental conditions to allow teams to work effectively and safely. 
While we would like to have started earlier, many factors were outside our control. 
“The new timeline also enables us to finalise details and funding arrangements with the Coal Authority over the works needed on their land to the north of the Lyneburn,  so we can do this as a single 'integrated' scheme, securing best value and delivering the best outcomes for the local environment and the communities in this part of Northumberland.” 
Local ward county councillors Scott Dickinson and Liz Dunn said: “We continue to pursue this important environmental issue with the Council in the interests of local people.  
We are naturally disappointed with the delays that have happened and hope work can begin as soon as physically possible. We continue to support the Council in its endeavours to rectify this long standing issue.” 
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