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Wave wall protestors seek NAO investigation

OPPONENTS OF a £34M coastal defence scheme in Scarborough are this week deciding whether to call in the National Audit Office (NAO) to investigate its claim that the scheme is a waste of public money.

Scarborough & North Yorkshire MP Lawrie Quinn told protest group Sons of Neptune last week that he would ask the NAO to step in if formally requested. The NAO would then be obliged to investigate.

'The only way to solve this is to conduct a clear and transparent examination of the scheme, ' Quinn told NCE.

The row surrounds a 1m high wave wall that will sit on top of 2km of coastal reinforcement, to be built along the Scarborough headland using granite boulders and concrete accropodes (NCE 20 February).

The wall will replace existing Victorian railings and opponents of the scheme say it will ruin the popular coastal walk by blocking views and attracting graffiti.

Earlier this year the protestors commissioned independent marine engineer Dr Bruce Denness, who concluded the wall is unnecessary (NCE 5 May).

But Scarborough Borough Council maintains that a solid wall is needed to stop water and debris collecting on Marine Drive, which runs behind the wall.

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