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​​​Local flood defence work hailed as ‘superior’ by chair of popular attraction

THE chair of Saltburn Miniature Railway has hailed new flood defence works protecting the popular attraction and surrounding woodlands against flooding from Skelton Beck as a ‘superior job’.

The £50,000 project saw a flood defence system and embankment retaining structure installed a long a 50 metre stretch of the beck. The works have been designed to use wooden logs as part of the structure and to mask the internal steel works to maintain the natural appearance of the woodlands. 

Praising the work, Robert Proctor chair of Saltburn Miniature Railway, commented:  “It’s an extremely fine piece of civil engineering work that has been carried out and we are very pleased with the outcome.

“The works have not only given a degree of flood protection to the Railway which we have never had before, but has also enhanced the general area and also promoted extra wildlife habitat especially for water voles.

“The Officer Nigel Hill has been planning the work for some time and with his team has finished what can only be described as a ‘superior job’.”
In addition to providing flood defences, the works will help improve the regrowth of natural vegetation along the edge of the watercourse and provide more biodiversity for animals and birds.

Councillor Bob Norton, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said: “We’re thrilled Robert and his colleagues at the railway are so happy with the flood defences.

“Providing better defences for wildlife and local businesses is really important and I’d like to congratulate the team who carried out the work. I second Robert’s view that the work is indeed superior and will provide vital flood protection for years to come.”​