Noisy and disruptive work to repair harbour walls in Weymouth has been hit by further delays – and now won’t be finished by Christmas as originally planned.

The project started at the end of September to replace 76 metres of quay wall around the area of the ferry steps.

Dorset Council says the work is needed and will help to protect the quay for years to come. Around £1.9 million has been allocated to maintain this section and another section of wall near Nelson’s Wharf, which is also in need of repair.

In early November it was announced that contractors would have to start working on Saturdays to keep on schedule so it could all be finished by Christmas. Delays were blamed on storms and ‘difficult ground conditions’.

In an update on the work, Dorset Council now says the project is two weeks behind schedule due to a number of factors. This means it will run over into the new year.

Dorset Council Project Engineer Peter Christie said: “I would like to thank residents and businesses for bearing with us during these vital works to maintain Weymouth’s historic harbour.

“The programme is currently delayed by two weeks – this is largely due to the pile driving activity, a few days poor weather stopping lifts with the crane, and a below bed level

obstruction which we are investigating. Unfortunately this obstruction is at the second to last pile, which limits our ability to work around it.”

He added: “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. We will of course do everything possible

to reduce disruption.

"Residents and businesses near the harbour have already been informed and more information will be available once a solution is agreed and the programme updated.”

Part of Custom House Quay at the Pavilion end is closed due to the works with a diversion in place while some parking bays have been taken out of use, and part of the Pavilion car park has been taken up by a works compound.

The Christmas Day Harbour Swim will not be affected by this work as it is held further up the harbour outside the Royal Dorset Yacht Club.

Residents who have enquiries about the works can email WeymouthHarbourWalls@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk