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£19.5m Lyme Regis East Cliff’s works well ‘on course’
1:00pm Thursday 7th February 2013 in News
ENGINEERS say they are ‘on course’ to start construction work on Lyme Regis East Cliff’s coastal defence works in April.
The final phase of the £19.5million scheme will go ahead as planned in the spring once preliminary work is complete.
Phase IV of West Dorset District Council’s environmental improvements scheme will stabilise the slope at Church Cliff and East Cliff, including the building of almost 400 metres of new sea wall.
It will protect 480 homes, 900 metres of Charmouth Road and utility pipes and cables from destruction and damage from ground movement and landslip.
Engineers are on site on a daily basis in preparation for the construction work to begin in April.
Principal engineer Nick Browning said: “We haven’t done much physical work at the site but we have done environmental mitigation, cutting down high-level vegetation, rescue of various protected species, reptiles and dormice and so on.
“The heavy work doesn’t actually start until April and that all seems to be on course.
“There is still quite a lot to do. We are going through detailed design now, including details of the sea wall and piling.”
The work is due to last for a year.