Urgent seawall works to start at Chesil Cove in May
Dorset Council will be working with local partners and contractors on the urgent placement of rock protection around the southernmost point of the Chesil Cove Seawall at Chiswell in Portland during May 2022.
Following a recent assessment, it was discovered that the wall in this area requires urgent attention. The planned rock protection will impede the direct impact of the waves, as well as the ongoing erosion below the wall.
The main site compound for the works will be based at Mason Car, Coach and Lorry park (next to Victoria Square Roundabout). From 2 May 2022, Portland Town Council will ensure that the areas are cleared of vehicles and secured for Dorset Council’s Highways Team to start the project on Monday 9 May.
Locally-sourced rocks – weighing a minimum of 5 tonnes each – will be temporarily stockpiled at two locations on Chesil Beach. As the tidal conditions permit, the contractor will move rock from the main site compound to near the southernmost point of the Cove, and then into position at the wall.
Plant equipment will include two large excavator vehicles, and two 30 tonne articulated dump-trucks. On the beach itself, banksmen and marshals will monitor all work areas to ensure that the public maintain a safe distance from any rock moving activities.
Various precautions will be taken to minimise any potential damage to the area and clear up any mess afterwards. The work should be complete, subject to weather conditions, no later than 20 May 2022.
Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: –
“This is an incredibly important project that will help prevent further damage to Chesil Cove’s seawall and I’m proud to support the many workers who will be on hand to ensure the works go smoothly.
Obviously, transporting 5 tonne rocks around is a challenge. While we will have officers on hand to keep the public safe, I would advise people to avoid getting too close to the working area and stick to the nearby coastal footpath.
I want to thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding while these vital works take place at such a beautiful location. Fingers crossed the weather stays favourable and we can be done at the Cove by late-May.”
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