Bournemouth Borough Council (BBC) has announced that Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG) has started work on a ground investigation to deliver information for the council’s beach management programme.
ESG will undertake 15 boreholes to depths of up to 15m on the beach to provide ground condition information for the design and location of new groynes.
The work forms part of the Bournemouth Beach Management to provide coast protection for Bournemouth for the next 100 years to prevent the loss of homes to coastal erosion and drastic changes to the local environment. Over the lifetime of the project Bournemouth’s beaches will be subject to regular replenishment; approximately 210,000m3 of replenishment materials will be added every three years to keep the beach topped up at its target volume. The groyne renewal programme will be undertaken as part of the project to improve performance, protect the seawall and prevent the loss of beach material.
The work currently being undertaken by ESG is fully funded by the Environment Agency.
“We are carrying out vital investigations on the beaches throughout March to identify the best possible locations for the building of new groynes to combat erosion,” said BBC cabinet member for planning and environment David Smith. “Groynes have been built for over 100 years to protect the cliff and cliff-top properties in Bournemouth. With our coastline eroding at approximately 1m per year this work is especially important.”