Clacton sea defence gets Marine Management Organisation licence

groynes at Clacton Image copyright BBC/Laurence Cawley
Image caption The groynes along Clacton sea front will be demolished and replaced with a new 'fishtail' version

The largest coastal defence scheme planned this year in the UK has secured a licence to go ahead.

Existing timber and concrete groynes at Clacton will be demolished and replaced with 23 new "fishtail" groynes.

Tendring District Council has put the £36m project out to tender and is awaiting responses from five companies.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has granted a licence for the work to be undertaken, after planning permission was approved last year.

The groynes, each about 295ft (90m) long, will be built of rock brought by barge from Larvik in Norway.

Nick Turner, the Conservative-controlled council's cabinet member for environment and coast protection, said: "The marine licence is required for this project to take place later this year and it is another boxed ticked in that respect.

"This is a massive scheme and I have always said that there are a number of permissions that need to be given and we are working our way through them."

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