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Landslip scheme enters next stage
Lyme Regis
The work aims to stop the land disappearing into the sea
Tonnes of sand and shingle are to be shipped in to build up a beach as part of a multi-million pound scheme to stop a resort town crumbling into the sea.

A land stabilisation and coastal protection project began in Lyme Regis, Dorset, last spring.

Deliveries of sand and shingle from France and the Isle of Wight will begin before the Easter holidays.

Work on the scheme will be restricted during the holiday period to allow access to the beach's sand bar area.

Complex work

The scheme, which was launched last April, has already seen the Beacon Rocks breakwater at the end of the Cobb extended and 1,200 piles - which pin slipping land to stronger rock - put in place around the town.

Further work to reinforce the ground and to put in deep drainage, as well as to construct a new sea wall and jetties, will be carried out in the spring.

It is hoped much of the landscaping at the top of Langmoor Gardens will be completed by the summer season.

Councillor Robert Gould, leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "We're now looking forward to getting on in the spring but the work by its nature is very complex, reliant on weather and sea conditions and can't be rushed.

"Short-term disruption is inevitable but we will try to limit inconvenience where possible, particularly during the holiday times, and keep people informed about what is going on."

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