Calls for 'proper watch' to be kept on saltmarsh on Cleethorpes beach
FRESH concerns have been raised about the spread of the saltmarsh on Cleethorpes beach.
Speaking at a recent full council meeting, Councillor Margaret Cracknell (Con, Haverstoe) asked why updates on the saltmarsh habitat plan were now only being given to the regeneration and environment scrutiny panel every 15 months rather than every six months.
Panel chairman Councillor Karl Wilson (Lab, Heneage) said he did not want to waste officers' time if there was nothing to report, but said any significant changes would be flagged up.
He added that he takes a look at the saltmarsh every other week when riding his bike along the seafront, and said that seaweed deposits often gave the false impression that the saltmarsh was spreading.
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However, his response failed to reassure Councillor John Fenty (Con, Humberston and New Waltham), who said: "It needs to be kept on proper watch, not just Councillor Wilson riding by on his bike."
Making reference to his own good eyesight, Councillor Fenty added: "I can see quite clearly that the saltmarsh is growing beyond the demarcation line. It is not seaweed."
As reported, the council and Natural England agreed a habitat management plan to restrict the spread of the saltmarsh north of Cleethorpes Leisure Centre to safeguard the resort's beach as a tourist attraction.
Councillor Peter Wheatley (Lab, Yarborough), the portfolio holder for regeneration and environment, confirmed that a plaque would be put up on the promenade clearly marking the demarcation line.
In a lighthearted response to Councillor's Fenty's claims of good eyesight, he added: "You will be able to see clearly where the line is, regardless of whether you have 20-20 vision or 20-20 hindsight."