To consider a report by the Chief Executive (reference 16/49) attached.
The Cabinet considered a report by the Chief Executive (Reference 16/49) in respect of the Scarborough Spa Coast Protection Scheme. In presenting the report, the Portfolio Holder for Harbours, Assets, Coast and Flood Protection, Councillor Cockerill proposed the following amendments: in recommendation (iv) to add the words ‘up to’ so it reads ‘agree to provide a contribution of up to £1,877k from the Council towards the risk contingency…’, and in paragraph 5.9, to replace the word ‘would’ with ‘could’, so it reads ‘The second phase could consist of a rock revetment and associated foreshore works’. This reflected the potential use of rock armour in the second phase, which may not be the favoured method in several decades’ time. Councillor Cockerill also wished to clarify that in paragraph 6.22 of the report, the Council’s financial liability for deviation from the target cost was capped at an additional 20%. He congratulated officers for their work with the Environment Agency in identifying the funding for this project in austere times, and confirmed that financial contributions would be sought from the County Council and other organisations such as utility companies. The Chairman welcomed the report and requested that the South Cliff Community Group be consulted during the scheme.
RESOLVED that the Cabinet note that the cost of the revised phased scheme to maintain the Spa sea wall, and stabilise the cliff is £14,711k, which has received an offer of funding from the Environment Agency of £11,619k, and requires contributions from beneficiaries of £3,092k in order to proceed, and recommend to the Council to:
i) approve the revised and updated Project Appraisal Report (PAR) which has been technically approved by the Environment Agency’s Large Project Review Group (LPRG) and agree to adopt the phased approach within the report to deliver the project;
ii) agree to accept £11,619k of Flood Defence Grant in Aid funding from the Environment Agency;
iii) agree to accept a contribution of £1,215k from North Yorkshire County Council towards the risk contingency, if required, and seek to re-establish their commitment to fund 50%;
iv) agree to provide a contribution of up to £1,877k from the Council towards the risk contingency, if required, to be underwritten from the £3,000k coast protection budget identified in the Council’s Draft Revenue and Capital Budget 2016/17;
v) agree to request contributions from utility company beneficiaries, and any such other major beneficiaries as approved by the project board;
vi) subject to recommendations (i) to (iv) inclusive which will allow the scheme to proceed, approve entry into a contract and provide delegated authority to the Director of Democratic and Legal Services in consultation with the Portfolio holder for Harbours, Assets, Coast and Flood Protection to agree the terms of an acceptable NEC3 ECC target cost construction contract with Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited (formerly Birse Civils Limited) following satisfactory completion of their ECI contract;
vii) approve a budget of up to £50k to enable the submission of a Stage 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund by the Council’s existing consultant to provide environmental enhancements over and above the like-for-like reinstatement provided by the scheme to the whole of the South Cliff Gardens, to be funded from the £3,000k coast protection budget identified in the Council’s Draft Revenue and Capital Budget 2016/17.
To address the identified problems within the Spa area.