West Bay Coastal Scheme About to Begin

The second and final phase of vital flood defense works in West Bay will begin on 23 February and will last between five and six weeks, announced West Dorset District Council.

This work will coincide with the annual dredge of the outer harbor which will begin in mid March and last five days.

The work will involve heavy plant machinery placing 7,000t of shingle on the beach to increase protection of the sea wall. This will reduce the risk of wave overtopping and return the beach to its original 2005 state.

Leader of West Dorset District Council Councillor Anthony Alford said: “The beach works are very important for West Bay and it’s crucial they are carried out to maintain strong storm defenses and protection against flooding.”

Vehicle and pedestrian access along the western esplanade will remain open, but parking spaces will be limited to enable the work to take place.

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