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Sea defence works begins

Work on sea defences for a coastal village in North Wales starts next week.

Contractors for Natural Resources Wales will move around one thousand tonnes of beach shingle on Fairbourne beach to fill in the eroded area next to the concrete defence at Friog corner.

The work will take between five and 10 days, depending on the weather. It will be undertaken by local contractors Alun Griffiths.

An excavator and dumper truck will collect and move the shingle, working along a 500 metre length of the beach. The work will be done in a way that minimises the impact on the beach which will re-profile naturally.

Some of the Second World War tank traps on the beach will be moved during the work, under CADW’s approval, and will be put back afterwards.

Sian Williams, Head of Operations in North Wales for Natural Resources Wales said: “We are committed to maintaining and monitoring the flood defence in the short and medium term to help reduce the risk of flooding for the people of Fairbourne.

“Replenishing the shingle at Friog corner is part of this ongoing commitment.”

NRW will monitor the re-instated shingle so that present beach movement is considered in the design of NRW's  longer-term plans to sustain the rock armour and concrete sea defence at Friog Corner.

This information will also help shape the ongoing flood risk management maintenance programme for Friog corner.

And maintenance work in the nearby Afon Henddol has also begun – mostly cutting weeds so that the water can flow freely - and will continue throughout September.

Anyone concerned about flooding can check their flood risk and register for free flood warnings by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by visiting www.naturalresources.wales/flooding.

NRW works in partnership with Cyngor Gwynedd and the community through the Fairbourne Moving Forward Project Board.

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