Storm Repairs 2014 - Shore Road towards Branksome beach
Beach Storm Repairs Extended Along Poole Seafront
Storm repairs to pump sand onto Shore Road beach to protect residential properties
and infrastructure from coastal erosion, have now been extended along Poole’s seafront.
An additional £1.2 million of government funding has just been secured to extend
the sand replenishment scheme towards the borough boundary with Bournemouth from
Shore Road towards Branksome beach. The last large-scale sand replenishment happened
in 2005/06 and the next scheme to build Poole’s beaches back up to their previous
levels was scheduled to take place in 2016/17 but securing this funding enables it
to happen now.
During last year's winter storms, Shore Road beach in particular suffered a significant
loss of sand; approximately 10 years’ worth of erosion occurred in just a couple
of months. DEFRA awarded Poole the £750,000 of funding to pump 40,000 cubic metres
of ‘recycled’ sand onto the beach, which started over a week ago.
The sand pumping works were due to be completed by the end of November but this will
now continue until Christmas. Poole Harbour Commissioners are supplying the sand
from the routine maintenance dredging of the Swash Channel. This sand is recycled
by being pumped back onto Poole’s beaches. With each load the dredger connects to
a pipeline and pumps the sand ashore. The sand is then moved around and levelled
by bulldozers. The 24-hour operation may cause some noise disturbance but every effort
will be made to ensure this is kept to a minimum overnight.
Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Flood and Coastal Management,
Borough of Poole, said: “We are delighted with the opportunity from DEFRA to bring
forward our major beach replenishment scheme and add it to this current project to
repair the damage from recent storms. By working with DEFRA and Poole Harbour Commissioners
we estimate to save around £300,000 as we already have the dredger, pipeline and
heavy plant in place.
“While small sections of the beach are closed where the sand is being pumped, the
promenade remains open. We welcome people coming to watch this engineering project
which is quite spectacular and appreciate everyone's patience while the work is carried
out as it is vital to ensure the beach infrastructure and properties are protected
for this winter and for many years to come.”
The promenade will remain open and access to the beach will be maintained where practicable,
but it will be necessary to close short sections of the beach when the sand is being
pumped ashore and moved by heavy machinery. Signage will be in place to inform people
when this happens.
Initially the pumped sand may appear to be darker than that forming the current beach,
but it will soon lighten to a normal colour, with exposure to oxygen and daylight.
The works are all dependent on weather conditions.
More information and a project diary is available on the Council’s coast protection
website www.poolebay.net and also on www.facebook.com/poolebeaches