Dorset

West Bay to close for storm repair work

West Beach Image copyright Chris Downer
Image caption Floods in early 2014 affected the beach and left the sea wall exposed

A beach that was battered by storms a year ago is to be closed while repair work is carried out.

The final stage of work to improve flood defences on West Beach in Dorset is due to begin on 23 February.

The beach at West Bay, near Bridport, is to be closed for five or six weeks and it is hoped it will re-open before the Easter holidays.

Work to replenish the beach and strengthen flood defence began in October.

Storms hit the coast in early 2014 and strong tides affected the beach, leaving and the sea wall was left exposed to waves.

West Dorset District Council said there will be no safe areas for the public whilst work is ongoing.

In total, 7,000 tonnes of shingle will be placed on the beach to protect the sea wall.

The shingle, approved for delivery by Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site team and Natural England, is from the same quarry used for construction of the beach in 2005.

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