All systems go for new Hayling Island coastal defences

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A MAJOR £5m scheme to shore up sea defences on a low-lying peninsula is to start this month.

Preparation work is due to start in the next two weeks at Eastoke, Hayling Island, before construction begins in May.

Raymond Brown Construction Ltd has been appointed as the main contractor by Havant Borough Council.

The time taken to complete the work will be dependent on the weather and sea conditions, but is expected to be completed by late October.

The work involves building a 650m rock revetment, replacing timber groynes with rock ones, and refurbishing the concrete wall at the back of the promenade.

The majority of the beach at Eastoke will remain open to the public throughout the construction phase,

However, for health and safety reasons, council officials said areas under construction will be temporarily closed off from the main beach and no public access will be permitted.

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