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Repair works set for Newton flood banks

Coastal flood banks which protect 26 homes in Newton, Porthcawl are due to be repaired and strengthened by Natural Resources Wales next month.

Engineers will use over 6,500 tonnes of stone rock armour to shore up the defence, which will make them more resilient to the effects of the tide in the future.

The stone will be brought in by road and stored at the Newton Beach car park ahead of the construction work starting on 13th April.

To allow the works to take place safely, this car park will be temporarily closed for eight weeks.

Phill Pickersgill, Operations Manager, from Natural Resources Wales said:

“Like many of the coastal flood defences across Wales, the banks at Newton took a battering in the 2014 winter storms.

“We undertook some emergency repairs directly after the incident, but in the long term, more serious work is required in order to maintain the level of protection to nearby homes.

“While the work is underway, we’ll do everything we can to minimise the disruption to local people, and are already planning our lorry-loads to coincide with the quieter parts of the day.

“We’d like to thank local people for their cooperation while these important works take place.”

 The repair works will cost approximately £300,000. As well as protecting 26 properties at Beach Road, the project will also help to maintain the section of Wales Coast Path through Newton Burrows.

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