Sea Wall restoration – Robin Hood’s Bay

The sea wall in Robin Hood’s Bay will be undergoing some major repair work this year. The project has been over 5 years in discussion and will begin mid-April through to October.

This is what we know so far….

Firstly, the work has to be done in order to protect the village and the approx 200 businesses and homes there. Seventeen of the sea wall panels will be replaced as will some of the parapet and the whole of the steel handrail. 

The contractors are doing everything they can to minimise disruption, although those properties close to the sea wall will be nearer the action while those further away will be less affected.

The Contractors and where they will be working

The contractors will set up their welfare/hospitality/work station in the section of Station Road car park to the right of the entrance. The rest of the car park will be available as will the whole of Bank Top car park. Fisherhead car park will be unaffected.

The contractors will use a route from their base in the car park, down Station Road, through the picnic area (below The Victoria Hotel) and down onto the beach. They will only go through the village and the dock if absolutely necessary. Parts of the beach under the sea wall will be cordoned off to the public from approximately mid-July. There may be some large machinery stored on the quarterdeck slipway.

It goes without saying that there will be noise at certain times.

‘Silent’ eco-generators will be used in Station Road Car Park to minimise noise there.

Working hours

Although they are licensed to work 24 hours a day, the actual hours of work are very likely to be…..

  • Weekdays only
  • Between 6am and 9pm according to the tides.
  • Noisy activities confined to 8am – 6pm, also according to the tides.

Out of bounds to the public

  • The sea wall walk – for the duration of the project.
  • Some of the beach north of the slipway – from mid-July (There will still be vast swathes of beach available to use).
  • The whole of the picnic area below The Victoria Hotel – for the duration of the project.
  • Part of Station Road car park – for the duration of the project.
  • The Quarterdeck – may possibly be affected at times but awaiting confirmatoin.

How will your holiday be affected?

The effect on your holiday will be dependent upon a number of things……

  • The specific location of your holiday cottage and its proximity to the sea wall.
  • Which days of the week your holiday covers – (there will be little or no activity at weekends).
  • The extent to which you’ll be visiting other locations in the area during your stay.

Please be assured that we are forewarning you because we think it would be bad form if we didn’t. The project itself will, I imagine, be something resembling the instalment of the rock armour about 22 years ago but definitely not as big a project as the original building of the sea wall back in the early 70s. For those of us who remember that, it’s still a talking point 50 years later and it was a privilege to witness the preservation of the village.

These details are based on information from the council, the contractors and our own local knowledge.  If you would like to discuss your specific circumstances further, you can email us on [email protected] or call us on 01947 810579..

Assuring you of our best intentions at all times

Kind regards

Julie, Rosie and Josh