Timber has landed at Boscombe Pier, signalling the start of Bournemouth’s beach protection scheme, which is expected to end in 2032.
Work has begun on the first stage of the coastline management plan, with the removal and replacement of 10 timber groynes east of Boscombe Pier.
The 17-year plan to protect Bournemouth’s coastline will see a number of activities carried out as part of the protection plan. The plans include replacing Bournemouth’s existing 53 groynes and constructing an additional three new groynes.
As well as replacing the groyne at Hengistbury Head known as the ‘Long Groyne’, the beach replenishment part of the scheme is to take place once every five years. Sand will also be pumped ashore every five years from a dredger connected by a pipeline to top up the beach.
The groyne replacement is underway and much of the pedestrianised path is obstructed by sand. Anthony Kirby, the project’s engineering design manager, said: “The new groynes will be constructed within designated working areas and whilst this will ensure that the promenade and beach will largely remain open, the public are asked to take extra care when using this section of the promenade for the presence of construction vehicles.”
The scheme is being funded by the Environment Agency and Bournemouth Borough Council.
Bournemouth council’s environment spokesman, David Smith said: “These vital works are taking place not only to protect the coastline from future coastal erosion, but also to maintain the award-winning beaches which attract millions of visitors and residents to the coast each year.”