BAM Prepares for Landmark £5 Million Coastal Clean-Up in Lynemouth

BAM is gearing up to address historical pollution along the Lynemouth coast, with final preparation stages now in progress.

Appointed by Northumberland County Council earlier this year, BAM will lead a £5 million coastal clean-up effort to prevent historic waste deposits from entering the sea. This work is crucial for enhancing the environment and promoting nature recovery in the area, benefiting local residents, visitors, and wildlife for years to come.

All necessary planning and regulatory approvals were obtained earlier this year, and BAM is now assembling and positioning a temporary bridge. This bridge will grant access to the north side of the River Lyne, ensuring that construction traffic avoids using the coastal road between Lynemouth and Creswell throughout the project.

Following the bridge installation, site setup—including haul roads and waste processing areas—will be completed. Excavation and processing of waste materials are set to commence in late June. This process involves separating waste materials for safe off-site disposal and reinstating the landscape, with completion targeted for autumn 2024.

Council Leader Glen Sanderson remarked, “We’re witnessing the installation of crucial infrastructure ahead of the main clean-up effort on this significant project, aimed at enhancing the environment along our coastline, marred by past industrial activities. While it’s a costly endeavor, its importance cannot be overstated—not only for our local community but for the entire county. This initiative underscores our commitment to prioritizing environmental concerns in all our endeavors. In just a few months, we anticipate tangible benefits for local residents, visitors, and wildlife, lasting for years to come.”

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