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Storm-damaged sea defence rebuilt

Selsey coastal defences
The council said a number of timber groynes had also been rebuilt

Repairs to main coastal defences at a West Sussex beach have been completed.

The sea wall at Selsey's West Beach, which collapsed during a 2007 storm, has been permanently rebuilt to prevent further erosion and loss of property.

Chichester District Council said adjoining lengths of sea defences were also investigated and repaired, and a number of timber groynes were rebuilt.

The council conducted the work with £500,000 in central government funds allocated via the Environment Agency.

'Risk of erosion'

Councillor Pieter Montyn said: "Residents along this stretch of the coast have been very patient and understanding ever since the subsidence first occurred.

"They have seen their homes exposed to much greater risk of erosion as a result of the damage suffered."

He said the works had significantly extended the life of the defences.

Malcolm Graves, chairman of the West Beach Selsey Residents' Group, said: "Building up beach levels - and timely maintenance, including groynes - is key to cost-effective sea defence planning."

Selsey resident Annie Clark said the sea was getting closer and closer by the day before the repairs

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