Work is about to start on protecting the Jewel in Scarborough's crown, the Spa. A project overview for the works was presented at Town Hall on 8th September. The three keys working harmoniously include:
(A Walters & J Dewsbury) Planning & Landscape Architect - RPS, P Ellis, Geotechnical - Coffey, G Dewe, Construction & Contracts - Balfour Beatty.
External to 'project overview' the slippery slopes surrounding the Spa have been studied for some time. An anonymous piece .... no doubt a grade A student, provides some background noise: g14 south bay.pdf
The G14 report focuses on the historical Holbeck Hall landslip and gives a broader understanding of cause and effect, identifying key problem areas. Is there a problem? Yes there is.
The Boundary for this remit is primary Area 1 - to protect the asset of Scarborough Spa.
The Project Overview has proffered some soultions. Geotechnical data has been gathered including a rather endearing landslide of 1738 'showing cows still grazing on the block of cliff effected'. Further borehole data identifying movement of the glacial till above the underlying bedrock understood to be sandstone. Wotever ... the underlying bedrock and the surface have been slowly slipping apart presenting two challenges, one deep, one shallow. The solution is to connect and hold these two 'strata' together using steel, soil nails and natural resources. At first glance, it is quite complex and this 'cunning plan' will require some deep piling, cutting and regrading to resist shallow solution pinning, and most importantly community involvement to neccesitate a satisfactory finished landscape. Whilst the technical, cuttings, costing aspects of the project have been crystalised there is still room for public catalysts.
Given the sensitive nature and historical importance of the South Cliff, particularly the gardens, this first stage is to be implemented with a planning application to be submitted 31st October 2016. A full public consultation will run throughout the 12 week planning period. Construction is scheduled to start March 2017 with a completion date for Summer 2018.
Further updates and more information will be posted in due course.
Engagement with the Council, Community Management and the public is encouraged. The Scope of the project, other than engineering and construction will include 'aboricultural' aspects connecting to the landscaping 'Masterplan' for the whole of the South Cliff.