West Bay sea defences will protect 260 homes and businesses

West Bay sea defences will protect 260 homes and businesses

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 11:04am 24th October 2019. (Updated at 2:13pm 24th October 2019)

Vital sea defence work to help protect West Bay from flooding has been completed.

The £10m coastal defence works will better protect 148 homes and 112 businesses from flooding.

'East Beach'

A large rock revetment made up of 20,000 tonnes of rock was buried along the line of the shingle ridge. 

This will reduce the frequency of flooding from storms.

Rocks being delivered to West Bay

'West Beach'

A new rock groyne was built near the pier, extra beach shingle was also imported. 

A flood wall has also been built along the Esplanade, which will also help reduce the risk of flooding.  

Work on the wall was suspended during the school holiday season to minimise disruption, but 'facing work' was restarted last month.

West Bay wall
Completed wall at West Bay

 

During the works 40,000 tonnes of granite was used, as well as rocks as large as 10 tonnes.  

The Esplanade has now re-opened.

'On time and on budget'

Councillor Ray Bryan, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Environment, Transport and Highways, said: 

"I am delighted that this important project to help protect West Bay from flooding has been finished on time and on budget.

I'd like to thanks residents and businesses for bearing with us through the works."

The works were completed this week by Dorset Council and the Environment Agency.