South West Wales

Residents worry over road as shingle flood defences reviewed at Newgale beach

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Media captionSandra Young of Solva Community Council said a new road is needed

More than 100 people attended a public meeting to discuss the future viability of flood defences at a Pembrokeshire beach.

Newgale beach's shingle bank has been breached many times and the adjacent A487 was forced to close when part of it washed into the road last year.

Passengers had to be rescued after a bus was hit by a large wave there during storms in February 2014.

There is concern the road could be lost eventually to the sea.

The meeting discussed the stability of the bank.

One resident Jennifer Marshall said it was important to keep the road open as it was a "lifeline".

"It's important to keep it open for hospital emergencies, fire engines, anybody that uses the road, it's immensely well used," she said.

"Even if the sea comes in it's important to keep a lifeline open."

Sandra Young, of Solva Community Council, said it was essential a new road was built and the impact of doing nothing would be "disastrous", leaving people on the peninsula isolated.

Image caption Dozens of people at Wednesday night's meeting

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