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05 February 2021

BETWEEN 1934 and 2005 the beaches at Lynemouth Bay experienced extensive colliery spoil tipping and illegal waste disposal activity, artificially extending the coastline towards the sea.

It is estimated that over 30m tonnes of colliery waste was tipped at Lynemouth over seven decades. In addition to the general spoil, there are four hotspots where there are greater concentrations of other deposited wastes.

The colliery spoil cliffs are now being actively eroded resulting in some of the waste material being exposed, making the beach very unsightly and causing litter issues. 

Northumberland County Council is committed to finding a cost effective and environmentally acceptable solution to the issues at Lynemouth Bay and to this end has allocated £2.5m within its capital programme to progress remedial works. Over the next year, the detailed scheme will be designed and all regulatory permissions sought to enable works to progress in the spring of 2021.

If you would like to be kept updated with the progress of the scheme, please email: FCERM@northumberland.gov.uk

Link at: https://northumberland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=7b10895ebd704c62b74ecaf287d1ad54

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