Work finished on £3.4million coastal and pier defences

Seaham's North Pier.
Seaham's North Pier.
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Engineers have finished off the last section of work to secure the future of one of Seaham’s piers and the town’s coastal defences.

The harbour’s North Pier, next to North Dock, has undergone a 15-month refurbishment so it can continue to protect about 100 of the town’s homes, 30 businesses and the marina from coastal erosion.

Councillor Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “These refurbished coastal defences complement the recent refurbishment of Seaham Marina, making it an attractive place to visit and spend time for both local people and visitors to the county.”

The 15-month refurbishment – a partnership between the council, the Environment Agency and Port of Seaham operators Victoria Group – started in July 2014.

The council has sent its thanks to visitors to the marina, including Seaham Angling Club, for their patience during the disruption.

Seaham Harbour is protected by the north and south piers, which were built between 1899 and 1906.

The piers’ main functions are to prevent storm waves entering the harbour.

However, the North Pier is known to have been breached at least three times, and would have been at risk of repeated failure had the work not been undertaken.