A TEAM from ASR, the company responsible for Bournemouth's surf reef, has come back to the town to carry out repairs to the damaged structure.

Two of the Boscombe reef's containers were damaged by a boat propellor back in March, leading to the attraction being closed.

The team will be diving and surveying the reef before work gets underway next week. A detailed work plan will be released as soon as it has been finalised next week.

As the Daily Echo revealed last month, the contractors are to be paid £150,000 to fix the reef, which cost £3million after opening late and over budget in November 2009.

Chris Jensen, marketing director for ASR said: "We have always said that the Boscombe reef is an important project for us. As such, we have agreed to use our performance payment in the contract to ensure that repairs are made in a timely fashion and that the structure is sound, safe and useable."

Tony Williams, executive director for Bournemouth Council, explained: "Because these repair works are so essential, funds previously allocated for improvement are being used, with our expectation that a successful insurance claim will allow further refinement works to be done in due course.

"We continue to press our insurers for the earliest possible decision on our claim, so that we can restart our discussions with ASR on refinement works to enhance performance."

Mr Williams added: "The works are not expected to cause any disruption to beach users or the Air Festival next week."