Extra money comes the way of sea defences

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COASTAL homes will be better protected thanks to extra government funding.

Chichester District Council has been awarded £250,000 of funding from the Environment Agency for Selsey and West Wittering. It is on top of the £200,000 the council spends annually on sea defences.

At West Wittering £100,000 will be spent replenishing the beach. Work will start this month and the process will involve importing shingle, by road, to replace material lost through natural longshore movement caused by the waves.

The second project will take place at Solent Way, Selsey where £150,000 will be spent on bringing forward the replacement of an ageing gabion wall – a wire basket filled with stones which acts as a sea defence.

The intention is to replace it with a timber breastwork which has a longer working life.