Doubts about the effectiveness of the beach renourishment scheme in East Lindsey were sounded at a full meeting of the district council.
In order to raise sea defences, beaches in Mablethorpe, Skegness and elsewhere have undergone replenishment since 1992 with sand dredged from the sea bed.
In response to a question from public member Ray Drewery, council leader Coun Craig Leyland revealed the Lincshore Beach Renourishment Project had cost £150-million since began. The work is costing £7-million a year and funding is not guaranteed after 2017-18. The leader said ELDC was “not in a position” to pay £1-million per annum requested by DEFRA to meet the shortfall.
It was agreed by the council lobbying is needed to ensure more funding from central sources to protect the area from effects of rising sea levels and tidal surges.
“We need to keep hammering the message home,” said Labour group leader Coun Tony Howard.”