VIDEO AFTER THE STORMS: Row grows over boulders on Chesil Beach

ROCK WORK: Repairs on Chesil Beach

CONCERNED: Storm Wallace

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COUNCIL chiefs are being urged to remove tonnes of boulders from Chesil Beach as Portland residents claim they are being washed into the sea.

The boulders, which were put in place on the pebbles on Saturday, are set to be used as part of emergency temporary sea defence repairs following weeks of severe storms.

Portlanders hit out at local authorities earlier this week for the lack of information given about what the big rocks would be used for.

At first, they feared the boulders would be used to concrete an area below Quiddles Café.

Islanders said they woke yesterday to find some of the boulders in the water and that they had moved with the Spring tide.

Storm Wallace, environmental campaigner, said: “The boulders have washed into the sea – it is ridiculous.

“They clearly didn’t check the spring tide table.

“The boulders need moving as soon as possible. The wave they created last night was huge.

“The rise of the swell last night would never cause a wave like that so it proves these boulders need moving.”

Izzy Imset, of diving group Underwater Explorers and Chesil Beach Watch, said: “At high water the sea is up against the boulders, the waves translating tonnes of energy and crashing straight into them.

“Yesterday, we saw some of the boulders being buried, others being drawn into the sea and tossed around just like coins.

“These people have to work around ‘tidal windows’ which actually allow them to use that section of the beach because anything dug up or moved is bound to be covered with the next high water, especially if there is swell and waves.”

But the Environment Agency, which is carrying out work on behalf of the borough council, said there was nothing that could be done.

A spokesman said: “Short of removing the boulders from the beach before every high tide, there’s not a lot that can be done as they are already well up the beach.

“It is simply a case of the sea moving closer to the boulders with each high tide and not, as has been suggested, the boulders moving into the sea.”

The boulders, which come from Portland quarry, weigh between three and six tonnes.

The borough council refused to comment on the issue and said the Environment Agency were leading the works on Chesil Beach.

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7:55am Fri 28 Feb 14

arlbergbahn says...

So was this scheme actually designed by anyone who knew anything about it, or was it just a kneejerk panic "OMG we must do something, throw giant rocks at it"?

.. Oh wait, I've answered my own question ...
"But the Environment Agency, which is carrying out work on behalf of the borough council, said there was nothing that could be done.."

Well, now, is anyone surprised there? We know what experts they are at planning and maintaining sea defences. It was probably the same people that decided to do that as were responsible for maintenance of the Weymouth harbour wall.
So was this scheme actually designed by anyone who knew anything about it, or was it just a kneejerk panic "OMG we must do something, throw giant rocks at it"? .. Oh wait, I've answered my own question ... "But the Environment Agency, which is carrying out work on behalf of the borough council, said there was nothing that could be done.." Well, now, is anyone surprised there? We know what experts they are at planning and maintaining sea defences. It was probably the same people that decided to do that as were responsible for maintenance of the Weymouth harbour wall. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 2

10:00am Fri 28 Feb 14

david_divenghy2.1 says...

If she don't like it you could always stick a shovel in her attention seeking hands and some tape over her mouth. Might make her useful then.
If she don't like it you could always stick a shovel in her attention seeking hands and some tape over her mouth. Might make her useful then. david_divenghy2.1
  • Score: 6

8:49pm Fri 28 Feb 14

portweylad says...

Why not clear all of the rocks out of the cove, reinstating the safest area of the beach for children?
Why not clear all of the rocks out of the cove, reinstating the safest area of the beach for children? portweylad
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