Food huts along part of West Bay's harbour wall are set to reopen after work to stabile the wall has been completed.

Dorset Council has confirmed that the food businesses located next to the Harbour Master offices in West Bay will reopen from tomorrow (Wednesday, March 13).

The news comes as repairs to the damaged wall have been completed 'ahead of schedule', according to a council statement.

Traders including Rachel's, the Snack Shack and Harbour Lights Fish Bar had temporarily closed on February 26, with a six week timetable given to make the repairs.

The emergency repairs involved installing 35 metres of steel sheet piling to the toe of Wall B and filling in any holes that had opened up.

The council has also confirmed that the Mound car park will re-open a day later on Thursday, March 14.

The car park was shut during the works to allow for materials and construction equipment – including an excavator and large crane - to be kept at the site.

A statement issued by Dorset Council said: "Great news. Phase 1 of our works to stabilise the harbour wall at West Bay is now complete, ahead of schedule.

"Nearby kiosks can reopen from tomorrow (Wednesday 13 March), and The Mound car park will re-open end of Thursday (14 March)."

However, the pathway along the top of the wall will remain closed until the next phase of the repairs are completed in the winter of 2024.

It is expected that the work to complete the full repairs of the wall could take up to six months.

The council statement continued: "The pathway will remain closed until phase 2 of the works - set to begin in winter 2024 - has been completed. Our engineers will continue to monitor the wall throughout.

"Our construction team would like to thank local business owners, residents, and visitors, for their patience and understanding while these vital works were carried out."

There had been some concern that the work to repair the walls could impact the food kiosks over the busy summer months.

However, the successful completion of the emergency repairs to stabilise the wall now means that traders will be able to operate during these months as normal.