Milford-on-Sea timber groyne maintenance
The council's on-going programme of timber groyne repairs is due to commence on 25 October 2021 at Milford-on-Sea.
The maintenance work is being carried out by J T Mackley & Co Ltd and will be completed in approximately 8 weeks, subject to suitable tides and weather conditions.
How the work will be conducted
It is likely that in order to coincide with suitable tides, some work will be undertaken over several weekends. Some piling work will be required where large square posts are driven into the beach to support the planks, and this could create additional noise for a time. As much as possible, piling work will be undertaken during daylight hours.
The work will be carried out in a similar manner to previous groyne refurbishment works, with timber being re-used and recycled as much as possible. In Hurst Road West car park a small works compound will be set up beside the toilet block with materials brought into the compound and unloaded as required. Lorry movements will be kept to a minimum, particularly after dark.
Mechanical plant will be located on the beach in front of the beach huts and promenade in order to repair each groyne that requires attention. Not all groynes will have works undertaken and the works have been programmed on a priority based approach.
Map of the beach at Milford-on-Sea indicating where the groyne maintenance work will be conducted. It shows which groynes are priority 1, 2 or 3, as well as access routes for pedestrians while the central steps are closed.
Access during the works
In order for plant to access the beach, the central set of steps beside the toilets will be closed to position the works access ramp. Pedestrian access along the lower promenade will be restricted at this point, but will remain accessible along other sections.
Public safety will be managed by banksmen located around the site and in the car park during vehicle movements. The coastal path will be subject to a signed diversion route around the compound in order to maintain a continuous route across a suitable surface.