Beaches take a battering from Storm Brendan

The recent stormy weather has left another steep ridge on Lyme’s sandy beach (photo by Daryl Turner)
Photo by Debbie Conibere

LYME Regis beaches have taken a battering in this week’s stormy weather conditions. 

Having recently been re-levelled, another steep ridge has been left on the town’s main sandy beach after being hit by Storm Brendan on Tuesday.

Dorset Council engineers carried out work to re-level the beach in November after a large amount of sand was washed away, but a steep ridge reappeared soon after and is now thought to have worsened following the latest bout of poor weather.

The stone jetty at Church Cliff Beach, also known locally as ‘Back Beach’, has collapsed in the stormy sea conditions.

Dorset councillor Daryl Turner said he had reported concerns about the structure of jetty three times over the past month, adding: “We sadly now face a major task with associated costs.”

The purpose of the jetty is to prevent longshore drift and the washing away of the shingles on the beach.

The beach is currently cordoned off to the public for safety reasons.

The stone jetty at Church Cliff Beach has collapsed in rough sea conditions (photo by Daryl Turner)
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