Huge West Sussex sea defence project is nearly done

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WORK on more than four miles of sea defences is almost complete.

The £28m project by the Environment Agency has also seen a wildlife haven created at Medmerry, between Selsey and Bracklesham Bay, in West Sussex.

The sea will be slowly allowed into the site in order to form a new intertidal wetland area, which will provide a habitat for birds and other wildlife. There is still some work needed to make the site ready for opening to the public in November.

Andrew Gilham, Environment Agency flood and coastal risk manager, said: ‘It is very exciting reaching this important milestone but there is still more work to do. When fully complete in November and open to the public it will be a fantastic asset for the local community.

‘We could not have got this far without the support of the local community, landowners and our partner organisations.’

The work aims to reduce the risk of flooding to about 350 homes and the main road into Selsey.

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