Final touches put to sea defence work in West Bay

Final touches put to sea defence work in West Bay

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:54am 2nd September 2019.

The final work on West Bay's new sea defence wall is due to start today. (2 September)

Stone masons are coming to complete the facing of the new wall, which the council say will greatly improve its appearance.

The Esplanade will be closed while this finishing off work is done. 

This work was put on hold during the peak holiday season to minimise disruption and allow residents and visitors to enjoy West Bay. 

West Bay Flood defence scheme drop in event
West Bay Flood defence scheme drop in event

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Environment, Highways and Travel, said: 

"I am glad we are returning to complete this work, it will greatly improve the Esplanade. We paused the work to minimise disruption during the peak holiday season, but will now get started again."

West Bay harbour
West Bay harbour

The £10million sea defence work, which was carried out earlier this year by Dorset Council and the Environment Agency, will help protect West Bay from flooding. 

The project means 148 homes and 112 businesses are now better protected from flooding. 

The scheme included building a new wall, rock groyne, buried rock revetment and the beach shingle was also replenished. The work had to be done in the spring to avoid winter storms.