Pictures: Shoring up the coastal defences

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REPAIRS to the sea wall at Petit Port, which was damaged by January storms, were made just in time to withstand the latest atrocious pounding from the elements.

The sea defences were repaired by members of the Civil Works Coastal Protection Team last week after almost ten metres of coping stones in the bay became detached, after being battered by waves earlier last month.

And the expert work by the stonemasons, Matt Capern and Jamie Hunter, and the rest of the maintenance crew withstood this week’s destructive weather conditions. The team’s skills are likely to be put into further good use in the coming years following the approval of the £80 million Shoreline Management Plan, which aims to identify what the government needs to do to protect the Island from coastal erosion and flooding over the next 100 years.

This includes the strengthening of defences in areas which are most at risk, such as around Havre des Pas and West Park, within the next 20 years.

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