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Flood Defence Work Will Turn West Beach Red

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12:09pm 7th October 2014

Bridport's West Bay will be turning a deeper shade of red this month because of important flood defence work.

The beach is being re-nourished after storms battered the south coast earlier this year.

The shingle, approved by Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site Team and Natural England, will be brought in from the same quarry as the beach was constructed in 2005. It will be covered in a red dust that will eventually wash away.

Part of the Esplanade will be closed off while the work takes place which is due to last around two weeks.  They'll still be pedestrian and vehicle access but parking spaces will be closed.

West Dorset District Council's Head of Infrastructure Ben Murray told Wessex FM;

"There will still be adequate parking provision in the remaining car parks in and around the West Bay area."

The work will help prevent waves from going over the sea wall and the rock groyne will be rebuilt too.

Part of the beach will be cordoned off and there will be truck movement to deliver the replenishment material, but the council's contractors Hansford Construction Ltd aim to minimise disruption. The contractor will ensure highways remain clean.

Work is likely to take place between 7.30am and 5.30pm weekdays, and may involve some weekend work.

Cllr Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "These flood defence works are very important for West Bay and must be done to ensure the area has the best possible resistance against any future severe weather.

"The work will take place out of season to minimise disruption and we would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding."

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