THE fight to improve coastal defence work along a west Cumbrian coastal road is continuing.

Councillor Owen Martin has raised concerns about the 1.9km stretch of the B5300 at Dubmill Point.

The road was closed last year after Cumbria County Council discovered that a stretch of the coastline of almost two metres had washed away in just two months.

Mr Martin explained: “The B5300 between Maryport and Silloth is a disgrace, the coastal erosion on parts of the road is only feet away from the carriageway.

“I’m worried if significant improvement works to the coastal defences isn’t carried out as soon as possible it will lead to unnecessary closures along this stretch of the road.

“Last year we had one closure on this road which was detrimental to locals and businesses alike.”

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “The preferred strategic approach is to allow the coast to function as naturally as possible, whilst managing risk to coastal assets. We will continue to manage erosion risk to the B5300 in the short term while implementing a longer term solution for realigning the B5300 road away from the erosion risk area.”

During the closures last year Mel James, of Ani-Mel Haven, resorted to a public appeal for funds for her animal rescue charity after the closure of the Allonby to Silloth road had stopped visitors to her family’s Bank Mill Nurseries.

“The issue is a long standing one which has been going on for a number of years,” continued Mr Martin.

“It has gone on for far too long.

“By getting MP Mark Jenkinson’s support on this issue we hope to get the much needed work carried out on the road.

“Last year works where carried out to a small section of the road, these were carried out urgently by Cumbria County Council to protect the road.

“But unfortunately no other significant coastal defence works have been carried out.

“I’m in contact with the relevant portfolio holder at Allerdale and I have asked for a meeting to see what can be done.”

“This is an ongoing issue which is going to take a lot of work, but it’s a vital link for the community.

“We need to all work together to get this work done.”

MP Mark Jenkinson has reminded Cumbria County Council of their duty on this road.

He explained: “I have been in contact with Cumbria County Council for a full update about the coastal road, including the erosion.

“I have also reminded them of their statutory duties which include clearing obstructions from the road.

“People need to have the ability to use the road.

“It is a serious issue for people, communities and businesses.”

A spokesman for Allerdale Council said: “We can confirm that Councillor Martin has requested a meeting in relation to issues on the B5300 and the relevant portfolio holder and officers will be happy to discuss the situation. However, responsibility for the maintenance of the road and the sea defences (in the Dubmill Point area) lie with Cumbria County Council.”