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A WELL-used footpath has been saved following urgent repairs to a concrete sea wall.

The footpath near Paynes Boatyard and Thornham Marina, near Prinsted, Emsworth, was under threat.

The wall was heavily cracked and had become weak, due to years of defending the footpath from winter storms.

Part of the path was in danger of being lost if the wall had failed to protect it from the sea this winter.

The path leads towards Thorney Island and is a popular route for walkers and birdwatchers.

The land has no registered owner so the project was undertaken and paid for by Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

Hundreds of concrete bags were placed along a 10m stretch of the wall to strengthen it. And around 13m of the path was resurfaced.

Maria Court, from CHC, said: ‘With the work now complete, walkers will continue to enjoy the footpath for many years to come.’