Coastal defence work set to start

WORK designed to protect Hastings’ coast and sea defences starts from Monday (October 3).

Large excavators, bulldozers and 30-tonne dump trucks will be moving shingle which has accumulated west of the Harbour Arm, along the beach westwards to Carlisle Parade, subject to tides and weather conditions.

A compound will be used adjacent to the RNLI station for the whole week and residents and visitors are urged not to attempt to park in this area during this period.

The work is expected to last five days and starts at 6.30am on Monday.

Councillor Trevor Webb, lead member for resort services at Hastings Borough Council, said: “The shingle provides an invaluable part of our sea defences, and we think it important to invest in replacing the beach that has been moved eastwards by the sea.

“The shingle moving operation can look quite dramatic with the pieces of plant involved, and while it will I am sure be very interesting to watch from a distance, I would urge members of the public not to get too close to the work.”