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Scarborough still in deadlock over coastal costs

SCARBOROUGH BOROUGH Council has admitted that it remains locked in dispute with contractor Edmund Nuttall over the final cost of its coastal defence project, almost a year after a row erupted over cracks in the defence's structure.

Work on the scheme to protect the Scarborough headland finished in summer 2004, but the contractor is yet to reach agreement with the council over a £27M cost overrun.

Costs have now doubled to an estimated £54M, owing to project delays caused by unexpected ground conditions, limits imposed on working hours and cracks found in the mass concrete Accropodes used to defend the coastline.

Danish consultant Cowi was hired at a cost of £140,000 to investigate the cause of the cracking and was expected to report back to the council last January. The investigation has still not been concluded.

Consultant High-Point Rendel (HPR) is advising the council on how much Nuttall should be paid, and earlier this year said it should be paid only £34M.

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