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Holbeck Cliff in Scarborough, scene of the dramatic collapse of the Holbeck Hall Hotel in June 1993, now has new co...
Holbeck Cliff in Scarborough, scene of the dramatic collapse of the Holbeck Hall Hotel in June 1993, now has new coast protection works, thanks to prompt and effective co-operation between Scarborough BC and the ministry of agriculture, fisheries and food, said a government minister today.

Speaking at the official opening of the new works at Holbeck Cliff, the Earl Howe, parliamentary secretary at MAFF, said:

'Nobody will easily forget the dramatic events of 3 and 4 June 1993 when the Holbeck Hall Hotel began to slip into the sea. It is a tribute to Scarborough BC, their consulting engineers and contractors that they were able to respond so quickly to this disaster.

'I am told that action was set in hand whilst the cliff was still falling.

'For its part, the ministry responded by offering immediate financial assistance to the council to cover 75% of eligible costs. This enabled the council to get work underway in September 1993, before the onset of winter.'

The major works at Holbeck Cliff were substantially completed in May 1994 at an estimated cost of some £1.8m.

The ministry has so far made advance payments of grant to Scarborough BC, the responsible coast protection authority, totalling some £1.3m.

Lord Howe, the flood and coastal defence minister at MAFF, continued:

'It is inevitable that such emergencies will occur from time to time and vital that all concerned can react quickly.

'At the same time, wherever possible, the government strongly encourages a strategic approach to coastal defence work, so that measures can be considered against a fuller understanding of natural coastal processes, planning pressures, current and future land use, and environmental considerations.'

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