Flood protection work to start on Weymouth Beach

Flood protection work to start on Weymouth Beach

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:06am 11th October 2019.

Work's due to start next week on Weymouth's coastal flood defences, lowering the beach level near the sea wall.

Dorset Council will be using a mini-digger to reduce the sand-level by 70cm as part of the seafront's new flood defences.

It's hoped the work will stop waves from reaching over the sea-wall, protecting houses from coastal flooding. 

It could also help reduce wind erosion too.

Weymouth Beach

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

"This work is important to help protect Weymouth seafront from coastal flooding and wind erosion.

Lowering the beach will reduce the risk of waves coming over the wall.

The work is expected to take up to three days and we apologise for any inconvenience."

Weymouth Beach

Cllr Jon Orrell, who represents the seafront area of Melcombe Regis on Dorset Council, said:

"This work is welcome in the short term, recognising that in medium term we will need to do substantially more to protect the town from climate breakdown."

Work starts on Tuesday (15 October) and it's expected to take 3 days.