Seafront homes are protected

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A £1.5m scheme to protect homes along an exposed stretch of beach in West Sussex has been completed.

Chichester District Council began improving the sea defences at Selsey last December after receiving a £1.3m grant from the government.

The scheme has included strengthening weaker sections of the seawall, repairs to groynes, and building up the shingle on the beach.

Local residents, who have experienced vibrations in their homes from the constant pounding by waves, have welcomed the work.

John Napper, vice chairman of West Beach Selsey Residents’ Group, said: ‘The beach recharge with new shingle has already had an immediate effect in reducing the energy of the waves at high tide, giving us an added sense of security, which we have not had for a number of years.’