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Flood Protection Work in Weymouth

Work to improve flood protection will begin on Weymouth beach next week. (15/10)

Dorset Council will start work to lower the level of the beach near the sea wall on Tuesday. This will help protect sea front properties from coastal flooding. The work, which is expected to take up to three days, will also help reduce wind erosion.

Engineers have decided to lower the height of the beach so there is less chance of waves coming over the wall. The work is being done in co-ordination with Weymouth Town Council.

An excavator and a mini-digger will be used to reduce the level of the sand by around 700mm, mainly along the southern end of the seafront. The excavators will move beach material back from the sea wall and then a bulldozer will level it across the 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."

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."

Dorset Council has a Beach Management Plan relating to sea defences and also works closely with Weymouth Town Council and its Beach Management Team. Similar beach levelling work has been done previously.

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