View this collection of photographs showing the progress of the multi-million pound project which commenced in July 2014 and was completed in Autumn 2015.

Many years of stormy seas had severely damaged the original groynes resulting in major depletion of beaches and the undermining of sea walls between Holland Haven and Clacton Pier.  Subsequent erosion of the cliffs was putting several hundred houses at risk.


The beach below Cliff Road in 2014 showing the extent of the erosion of sand since the time when the two following pictures were taken.

Holland 1985

Sea defence June 2014 

Sea defences on Holland Beach prior to the commencement of work in July 2014


Jaywick Fishtails

Aerial view of Jaywick Sands showing Fishtail Groynes similar to those to be built at Holland



Plant working on the first stage of the project in July 2014



Rainbowing of the sub-structure on which the groynes will be built

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sept 5

 Groynes in early stages of construction. September 2014.



 Work in progress late September 2014


 The outline becomes clear


The first groyne is completed late September 2014



December 2014 and groynes from the Haven to Brighton Road have been completed and the first beaches at the Haven end have been recharged with sand



January 2015. Barriers have been removed allowing access to the new beach


 The following fact sheet has been produced by Tendring District Council and other agencies involved in the project in order to keep the local community informed about the work in progress..


 Fact Sheet 1

Fact Sheet 2




The second phase of a major £36million coast protection scheme in Tendring got off the ground in February 2015..

The first section of the work between Holland Haven to Fernwood Avenue was recently completed with the beaches opened back up to the public.

The initiative has been well-received with thousands of people visiting the golden sands over the past week or so.

Now the programme is set to continue from Fernwood Avenue to Clacton Pier from the end of February with a planned completion at the end of the year.

It is expected that there will be some noise from the demolition works   and the level of noise will be carefully monitored.

It will involve a further 15 fishtail groynes being built and the beaches between them being recharged.

The works will take place 24/7 due to the scheme being tide dependent and it is subject to weather and sea conditions.

The promenade and beaches from Fernwood Avenue to Clacton Pier will need to be closed for safety reasons from around the end of February right through until the completion.

All the affected beach hut owners have been advised of the situation and the need to remove any items they may need this summer.

It has been decided that due to the disruption no site licences will be issued for 2015/16 - and no fees charged for those in sections A to J.

Weekly updates on the scheme are available on TDC’s website,, and by clicking on the latest information page. It includes a time lapse video camera.

The visitor centre has been moved to the greensward opposite Hazelmere Road with opening times of 11am to 3pm and later in the summer months.

Alternatively anyone wanting more information can call 07733 776677 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) or

The main contractor for the scheme is VBA Joint Venture Limited, with the programme being project managed by Mott MacDonald.

The new coastal defences will protect more than 3,000 residential and commercial properties for the next 100 years and will act as a catalyst for the renaissance of the seafront.