THE Environment Agency has revealed the purpose of the Chesil Beach boulders.

A spokesman said: “The rock which has been delivered to site will be used to create a temporary access to allow the repairs to go ahead.

“The rock may be used to protect the repairs from attack by future severe storms, buried beneath the shingle which continues to make its way back into the beach.

“The precise configuration of rock beneath the sea wall is under technical review while the piling and concrete repairs are being progressed as a matter of some urgency.”