THE latest stage of a £9.5m Poole seafront regeneration project should get underway this month.

According to BCP Council work is set to start at Branksome Chine and at Shore Road within the next few days.

At Branksome Chine a public plaza area will be created, which BCP Council says will have improved surfacing, seating and plants.

While at Shore Road, a new water sports centre and larger refreshment kiosk are part of the plans, as well as the modernisation and extension of a further block of beach huts to the east of that site.

Council officials say other planned enhancements at Shore Road include upgrades to the public space, improvements to public toilets and showers, new seating and a "refresh of the beach huts."

BCP Council head of operations Chris Saunders said: "We’re now finalising the details, working with our partners, at what are already stunning locations on Poole seafront, to create a sense of arrival, improving the welcome and the facilities for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The works are part of a £9.5m seafront regeneration programme which includes £1.2m support from the Coastal Communities Fund, through the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio to renovate public spaces at four sites along Poole’s seafront.

Natalie Poulter, of Dorset Coastal Connections, said: “The reactions during the public events were so positive, and we are delighted that these projects are now being realised.”

In May, last year, a turning circle space was created to accommodate the land train, providing a stop at Branksome Chine.

A BCP Council spokesman said that following a successful trial and public feedback during the summer of 2018, permanent landscaping will now put the train "firmly on the map with a dedicated landscaped turning circle becoming part of the promenade in 2019."

The spokesman also said: "Proposed improvements at Branksome Chine include landscaping and soft planting to create a welcoming plaza area with new way-marking and signage blended into the landscape along with improvements to the buildings and public toilets. The toilet décor will also be improved along with new lighting and air handling.

"Landscaping and specially commissioned artwork - all part of these changes to the public realm - will follow during 2020."