Promenade users urged to take care as groyne works to protect Bournemouth's coastline continue

Posted on Wednesday 8th November 2017

Work is continuing along Bournemouth’s coastline to complete the installation of a further twelve new groynes as part of the Council’s ongoing beach management scheme.

From this week, six of the planned twelve groynes are being replaced along the stretch of beach from west of St. Catherine’s Path in Southbourne to the end of the promenade toward Hengistbury Head with work to be complete by May 2018.

Parts of the seafront promenade will be closed off to the public during the works, however residents and visitors using this section of the promenade will be asked to take extra care whilst these works take place. Information boards will be on display at each end of the site and the public are advised to take particular note of contractor’s safety signage and site cordons. In particular, those visitors and residents using the beach area in close vicinity to the signed working areas should ensure that children and dogs are supervised at all times and not allowed to wander or stray into the designated working areas.

Anthony Kirby, Engineering & Major Contracts Manager for Bournemouth Council, said: “Whilst these works take place the promenade will be particularly busy at times with slow moving contractor vehicles. We would encourage people to take extra care and if contractor’s vehicles are approaching, please make use of the promenade refuges clearly signposted and intermittently sited between the works. “

The Council’s contractor will be instructed to give way and will either direct the public to these refuges or they will stop and give way.

There is also the possibility of areas of soft sand being formed around the deep beach excavations and for reasons of personal safety the public should not enter the areas with beach closed signage for any reason. 

Work started on the scheme in December 2015 with a beach replenishment replacing 320,000 cubic metres of sand between Bournemouth Pier and Southbourne and the replacement of ten timber groynes. To date a total of 18 new groynes have been constructed as part of this long term investment programme to provide coastal protection in this part of Poole Bay.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, said: “These vital works are taking place not only to protect the coastline from future coastal erosion but also to maintain the award winning beaches enjoyed by millions of visitors and residents each year.”

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