Storm Repairs 2014 - Shore Road towards Branksome beach
Updated 18th December
The project is complete and the beaches now open, but please be aware of continued
heavy plant movements along the beach during demobilization over the Christmas period
and into the New Year.
Access to the project
Beach replenishment has proved popular with many beach users and often draws a crowd;
we are keen to encourage people to come and visit the site, but we ask that everyone
respects the closed area for the safety of all involved. The large sand-moving and
other vehicles need a clear area to work in and we do not wish to put anyone at risk
Should you wish to view the dredge as it is happening:
Simply walk along the beach towards the working area until you reach the barriers.
A member of the coastal team will be on hand to explain what is happening.
Please keep your children close to you and dogs on a short lead while near the working
Reasons for the closures
A bulldozer, 360-degree excavator and pipe loader are on site, constantly moving
large quantities of sand and very heavy metal pipes around the beach - 7 days a week,
24 hours a day - for the duration of the project.
The beach from Sandbanks to Branksome is narrow (very narrow in places) due to the
loss of sand last winter - which this project is addressing. There is practically
no beach at all during high tide. For these reasons the project equipment and machinery
will often need the entire beach width in which to operate.
Unlike other major beach replenishment projects in recent years, this work is taking
place on a stretch of beach without a promenade to keep onlookers safe. There is
a also slight risk of quicksand developing during replenishment work, where sand
is pumped on to the beach with large volumes of water, so it is best not to go onto
the new beach for a few days, until the water has completely drained away.
Beach Closure Notice
The beach (or lack of it) at high tide on 3rd November 2014