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Half of Lyme's East Cliff sea defence wall completed
MORE than half of the new sea wall at East Cliff has now been built – with contractors on schedule to finish by their deadline in 2014.
Chris Hill, a representative from the main contractor Dean and Dyball, told the coastal forum public meeting the works were progressing well, and the sea wall had already started to protect the coast.
Mr Hill said the good summer weather played a part and they were hoping to have the entire base of the sea wall installed before the winter months, when the weather would become more of a problem.
The works, which will cost £19.5million to complete, have seen more than 3,000 cubic metres of the sea wall in place and more than 1,000 soil nails put in to ‘tighten up the land’.
He also showed a video demonstrating the sea wall in action in rough seas earlier in the summer, and showed how the curve of wall repelled the waves.
One of the major problems affecting the work was the land slipping as they were installing the sea defences. Mr Hill said: “The main problem we have is trying to predict what might happen with the land moving.
“We have taken a lot of effort to investigate the ground and we have installed a complex monitoring system on the site, which automatically alerts us if there has been or will be any movement.”
Mr Hill confirmed there had been some land movement during the works, but ‘only as a reaction to what we have been doing’.
Nick Browning of West Dorset District Council said the movement was only what the council had expected during the works, and that movement along the seafront was ‘well within range’.
One concern Mr Browning told the meeting was the works that needed to be done to the Cobb, highlighting the need for a better surface and better structural support to the Grade I-listed pier, but the works would happen at the next phase of the works.
There was also praise for the team of engineers who are working on the project from Lyme residents. Former Lyme Regis Dog Warden Derek Hallett, who lives on East Cliff, praised those working on the site.
He said: “I would just like to say thank you to all those people in orange suits for their continued work. I have never seen blokes work so hard. It is quite amazing the effort they put in.”
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