District Council beach replenishment work
NFDC Coast Protection Group will shortly commence urgent repair works to a timber groyne and adjacent timber steps located approximately 200m west of the Whitehouse and opposite the houses in Shingle Bank Drive, Milford-on-Sea. Beach levels dropped significantly along the NFDC frontage during the spring period this year and repair work is urgently required in order to reinforce a groyne in order to hold the beach, which in turn offers protection to the wall. The groyne is adjacent to a set of timber access steps, which are currently closed, but also scheduled for repairs at the same time.
In order to undertake the work, the contractor will access the site from opposite De La Warr Road, tracking a machine across the road onto the grass and across the top of the cliff and bringing in materials by lorry to be unloaded on the cliff-top, adjacent to the works site. At this point, the contractor will erect a small compound on the cliff-top which will house a welfare unit etc.
As the work is urgent in nature, it is scheduled to be undertaken from Monday8th July) with the work lasting approximately 1 week (subject to suitable tides and weather).
The cliff top is adjacent to a SSSI and provides a habitat for important wildlife, particularly the Adder which is protected by Law. The contractor (Earlcoate Ltd) has been informed of this and fully acknowledges the need to be respectful to the flora and flora of the area that whilst carrying out the works.
Subject to necessary funds, work to the remaining groynes along this section of coastline are then scheduled for repairs later in the summer (late August, early Sept 2019). This work will be larger in terms of scale and duration. More details be available on this nearer the time.
Download a plan here: Works Information_Urgent repairs Groyne 25 and adjacent steps