Sea defence works at Burry Port completed

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Work has been completed on a £1/4 million project to create a sea defence in Burry Port.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Flood Defence and Coastal Protection team has been monitoring the earth sculpture at Tywyn Bach in recent years, which has seen coastal erosion and the movement of the beach.

In line with the national coastal protection policy, the authority used funds from its capital works programme to plan and construct the coastal defence.

A block stone revetment has been constructed to protect the earth sculpture in an attempt to stabilise that section of the coastline. The works have been ongoing since April and were completed early September.

The Flood Defence and Coastal Protection Team, in partnership with the Millennium Coastal Path Rangers, will continue to monitor the coast in this part of the area.

Head of Waste and Environmental Services, Ainsley Williams, said: “This is the final phase of a five-year capital works programme that has seen coastal defences across the county constructed, upgraded and repaired.

“The coastline east of Burry Port harbour has seen dramatic changes in recent years, including the increased erosion of the foreshore. An appraisal of the coastline by our coastal engineering consultant highlighted that the promontory at the earth sculpture was the key controlling physical feature and its damage or loss could result in significant damage and or loss of the wider coastal line in that area.

“Following this, the decision was taken to use the capital monies to protect the promontory and to stabilise and protect the wider coastline in that area.”