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WORK on a £1.5m coastal protection project has been completed.

Homes in the Selsey West Beach area, in West Sussex, should now be protected from erosion for the next 10 years.

Work included strengthening weaker sections of the seawall and repairing groynes.

Shingle was imported to increase the height of the beach and to replace the stones which have been lost naturally over the years.

Before the work started, beach levels were critically low, with the seawall being undermined in places.

In 2007, this led to the collapse of a section of seawall, which put homes at immediate risk.

Chichester District Council was awarded £1.3m of Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs national flood defence grant.

Last month, the council secured a further £200,000 of national funding, allowing more shingle beach to be replaced, giving further life to the seawall and making the whole scheme more sustainable.

Hillfield Road car park, and the access to it, will be reopened on Saturday.