CONTRACTORS will be carrying out another four weeks of work to finish the revamp of Bournemouth’s Pier Approach.

The council re-opened the area to the public on Good Friday and, at the time, said only “minor elements and extra planting” would follow after Easter.

But yesterday, workers had returned to the site to finish paving several areas which have been covered in tarmac.

Andrew Emery, resort development and strategic planning manager for Bournemouth council, said: “We are pleased that during the Easter holidays residents and visitors were able to enjoy the recent improvements at Pier Approach.

“With the exception of some snagging and surfacing works, particularly around the bottom of the West Cliff slope and outside the Oceanarium where paving work still needs to finished, the most disruptive work is now complete.

“The contractor will be on site for approximately four weeks undertaking those final elements which will complete this scheme. Works will be undertaken during the day and public access will be maintained across the site at all times. Works around the entrances to the site will be undertaken at night. Businesses remain fully open for business.”

The Pier Approach regeneration project has been delivered in two phases, with the most recent phase funded from a £1.9m grant from the government’s Coastal Communities fund.

An initial £4m was invested to refurbish the western side of Pier Approach, with work carried out in the winter of 2014/15.

Among the improvements delivered by the project are “high quality granite paving”, new street furniture and planting, and semi-submerged bins with greater capacities for rubbish.

The council said there would also be improvements made to the rubbish and recycling facilities along the seafront ahead of the summer season.

Council leader John Beesley described the work as a “high-quality transformation”and “a fitting gateway to Bournemouth’s spectacular seafront”.

Town centre councillor David Smith said: “Building work is always going to cause some disruption, but it will be worth it when it’s completed.”