A project to rebuild the sea defences between Brighton Marina and Ovingdean is drawing to a close.
The £10 million scheme, co-ordinated by Brighton & Hove City Council and civil engineers Volker Stevin, has involved the reconstruction of over a mile of sea defences originally built in the 1930s.
Major work has been undertaken on the old sea wall, which was extensively dilapidated. During the summer months boulders weighing up to10 tonnes for the sea defences were brought in by sea.
Now that the scheme is nearing completion, the Undercliff Walk will be open for most of its length (the stretch behind Asda remains closed) from Saturday 27 November at weekends. This will allow finishing works to continue during weekdays.
A new cafe, toilets and chalets at Ovingdean will be provided in the New Year.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of Brighton & Hove's environment committee, said, "This has been one of the largest coast protection schemes along the south coast. Engineers have had to contend with the strong tides in this area and extensively replace the defences, sea and splash walls and promenade.
"Although there is some outstanding work to be done, it will not affect the weekend opening of the Undercliff Walk. The whole project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2005."
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