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Sands of time run out for Southsea’s new-look beach

Southsea's sandy beach


Picture: Paul Jacobs (1456-9)

Southsea's sandy beach Picture: Paul Jacobs (1456-9)

 

Southsea’s new sandy beach is disappearing almost as fast as it appeared.

Since we published a picture and video of the beach yesterday, there have been many calls for the new swathes of sand east of South Parade Pier to be retained.

But Portsmouth City Council says the stones that normally cover the stretch act as a sea defence and have to be put back.

The sand appeared after more than 100 tons of stones were swept over the sea wall and onto the road as heavy seas pounded the coast.

Diggers spent yesterday scooping up the pebbles from the roads and spreading them back out.

The stones need to be put back on the beach as they form part of the flood defences at the seafront.

A team of 12 have spent the past two days shifting stones aand the work is expected to last for another week unless more bad weather hits Portsmouth.

A spokeswoman for council maintenance contractors Colas said: ‘We have 12 people along Southsea beach who are shifting the stones from the highway and the promenade.

‘They are putting them back on the beach and spreading them along it.

‘Work is also being carried out to repair the big stones that line the pavements.

‘We started work on Tuesday and it is expected to take a week. In the past two days, we have moved approximately 130 tonnes of stones back on to the beach.’

Colas had seven big machines on the seafront including a JCB, bobcat truck and a skid steer.

It also had employees with brooms and other small machinery.

But now the worst of the weather seems to have passed with sunshine and light showers expected for the next few days.

The Met Office has said normal January weather is expected with lighter winds of around 25mph and the occasional shower.

Rain is expected tomorrow night with clear skies expected at the weekend.

 

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