Work to start soon on new flood protection scheme at Thirtle Bridge, near Sand Le Mere

Tue, 23 Mar 2021

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is working with the Environment Agency and the South Holderness Internal Drainage Board on a new £600,000 scheme to replace the eroding embankment on the Holderness coastline near Tunstall with a new defence further inland, to control any sea water entering Tunstall Drain.

The Environment Agency have contributed £265,000 towards the costs of the scheme.

The scheme is due to begin immediately after Easter, on Tuesday, 6 April. The council's contractors, Breheny Civil Engineering Limited, are programmed to take 12 weeks to complete the works, with completion scheduled for 28 June, 2021.

During the works, the B1242 at Thirtle Bridge will have to be closed, and a signed diversion route will be in operation during this time.  

Local residents, farmers and Sand Le Mere caravan park have been informed.  

Councillor Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for strategic property and infrastructure, said: "This is a very important scheme for the people of the area around Sand Le Mere and Tunstall. We will be building a new water flow control structure at Thirtle Bridge. This will allow for the control of water flowing from the east, meaning that flooding of land to the west of the B1242 will be much less likely.

"We apologise to road users for the essential road closure during these works, but assure local residents that this scheme will bring significant benefits."

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