Warning to beach walkers during Lyme seafront works

PUBLISHED: 14:52 08 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:48 10 February 2016

Lyme's shingle beach is to be replenished. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Lyme's shingle beach is to be replenished. Picture CHRIS CARSON


Members of the public encouraged to stay off the beach during sand moving operations

Beach walkers have been put on alert as annual harbour dredging and beach works are set to take place in Lyme Regis.

The operation will be carried out in two phases.

The first takes place on March 7 and 8. This work will include dredging of a section of the harbour.

The second phase will be carried out between April 7 and 11 when the tides are at one of their lowest points in the year.

Works are restricted to these dates as sea levels dictate the amount of access hired machinery has and certain areas are only accessible during these times.

This phase includes beach works and dredging to the harbour and Pokers Pool.

These works will be carried out simultaneously with material being used from the dredging to replenish material lost on the beach.

Members of the public are encouraged to stay off the beach while sand moving operations are taking place.

The shingle beach in front of the phase two sea defences will also be re-profiled during this time, with large excavators being used.

Public access to the area will be restricted while the machine is being used.

Banksmen will be on hand to ensure public safety.

Cllr John Russell, West Dorset District Council’s executive portfolio holder for environmental protection and assets, said: “These works are necessary in order to maintain navigational approaches into the harbour and ensure the beaches are returned to their intended profiles.

“While we always aim to keep disruption to a minimum, inevitably there will be some areas that will be cordoned off during each of these works.

“I would ask the public to be aware of warning signs in place.”

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