Bad weather delays arrival of rocks to shore-up Southsea’s battered sea defences

DAMAGED: The promenade will remain closed while the large hole in Southsea's sea defence walls is awaiting repair  PHOTO: Malcolm Wells
DAMAGED: The promenade will remain closed while the large hole in Southsea's sea defence walls is awaiting repair PHOTO: Malcolm Wells

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BAD weather has once again postponed the delivery of large rocks from Cornwall that will be used to fill the gaping hole in Southsea’s sea defences.

The stones were due to arrive in the city today. However, their arrival has once again been hindered by detoriating weather.

A spokeswoman from Portsmouth City Council, which is leading the emergency repair works, said the rocks would arrive in the city by the end of the week.

It’s hoped the granite blocks will help to shore up the sea defences, which collaspsed on Boxing Day when Storm Frank struck the area.

The move is part of an emergency operation to shore-up the collapsed 100m stretch of the coastal wall with 2,000 tonnes of rock.

The work is being done ahead of a £117m government programme to rebuild Southsea’s defences, due to begin in around 18 months.