This is where next year's £7.5m beach works will take place

This is where next year's £7.5m beach works will take place

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MAPS have been produced by BCP Council to show exactly where the eight sections of Bournemouth and Poole's beaches will be topped-up with sand next year.

These maps, produced by the council's flood and coastal erosion risk management team, highlight the £7.5 million project which is due to get underway in January.

It will work by 're-nourishing' beaches with material dredged from an offshore licensed area.

Around 350,000 cubic metres of sand will be pumped ashore using a pipeline and distributed using bulldozers.

Speaking when the scheme was first announced, Cllr Mark Anderson, BCP Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment, cleansing and waste, said: "Without it, properties, highways and supporting infrastructure would be lost to coastal erosion.

"As part of our commitment to a sustainable environment, it’s important that we protect and enhance our outstanding natural environment for future generations to enjoy, which is why these works in Poole Bay are so important now.”

The multi-million project is being carried out by Boskalis Westminster Ltd.

Work to renew four timber groynes is already under way from the Poole/Bournemouth boundary to Middle Chine, carried out by contractors Suttle Projects Ltd.

Indeed, work halted earlier this week after the discovery of an unexploded ordnance, which was then destroyed in a controlled explosion.

On the overall project, a BCP Council spokesman said: "As the works are carried out, areas of the beach will be closed for safety reasons, but access along the promenade will be maintained to allow residents and visitors to pass by safely. Alumhurst Road carpark will remain open.

"Dates for working in specific areas will be published nearer the time.

"It is anticipated all works will be completed by spring 2021, subject to weather conditions, tides and working arrangements based on latest Covid-19 guidance."