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Phase two of multi-million pound defence scheme underway in Essex

Phase two of a multi-million pound defence scheme that is protecting thousands of homes and transforming part of our coastline in Essex is well underway.

Work on three miles of shoreline between Holland-on-Sea and Clacton Pier has already resulted in sand levels rising by around 15 feet (4.57 metres).

Phase Two of the £36 million improvements funded by Essex County Council and the Environment Agency is now in full swing.

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£36 million scheme to improve Clacton coastal defences makes significant progress

The new coastal defences will protect more than 3,000 homes and businesses for the next 100 years.

A £36 million scheme to improve coastal defences between Holland-on-Sea and Clacton has made significant progress.

Two new fish tail groynes have been built - with two others close to completion. 70,000 tons of granite has also been delivered to the site from Norway.

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Woman in court over Essex house fire

A woman is due in court today (Monday 10 February) charged in connection with a fire at a house in Holland-on-Sea.

Simone Warren, 47, of Kings Avenue, Holland-on-Sea, is charged with arson with intent/reckless as to whether life was endangered and damage/destroy property with intent to endanger life.

The charges relate to a fire in a house in Kings Avenue, Holland-on-Sea which police were called to at 10.45pm on Saturday 8 February.

Investigation work completed for sea defence scheme

Ground investigation work at Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ground investigation works have been completed in Clacton as part of the first stages of a coastal defence plan.

Construction should start next year at Clacton and Holland-on-sea with 25 fishtail groynes being installed and the beach being recharged.

It'll cost £30m but it won't be known until September if the Environment Agency will contribute £19m to the project.

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Safety fears close seafront path

Council engineers have closed the seafront path Credit: Tendring District Council

A seafront path in Holland-on-Sea in Essex has been closed off on safety grounds.

The problem with the slope, which connects the Upper and Lower Promenades, was discovered by Tendring District Council engineering staff when they returned to work after the Christmas break.

It's hoped that the problem will be sorted out before the spring.