Work to reinforce the sea wall in Weymouth gets underway today.

Dorset Council is bringing in Portland stone to carryout essential maintenance work on the wall at Greenhill Beach along Weymouth's Esplanade.

The repairs will see the beach closed to members of the public from the Seascape Café to the Brunswick Café at the end of Brunswick Terrace. Pedestrian access to the promenade may also be disrupted as the work is carried out.

The council say that without this maintenance work, the foundations of the sea wall could be undermined by the action of the waves, which in turn would cause significant damage to the promenade over time.

It is expected to take one week to complete as heavy machinery is used to carry out the repairs..

The works will be managed by Dorset Council’s highways team, and highways officers will be put in place to provide some traffic management to ensure that members of the public using the promenade are kept safe.

Last week Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for environment, travel and environment emphasised the importance of the maintenance work to make sure the promenade stays in 'good condition'.

The news comes as annual work being carried out on Weymouth Beach to re-level the beach was completed last week.

This work is vital to help keep the beach level and ready for the busy summer season as in winter the bad weather and high tides moves the sand around.