VIDEO: Beach rebuilt following storm battering

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EXTENSIVE work to bolster Lancing’s flood defences is being carried out by the Environment agency and Adur and Worthing councils.

Work is underway to recycle shingle in order to strengthen and reinstate the beaches’ defences following erosion caused by storms in December and January.

Diggers rebuild Lancing Beach. Picture: Environment agency

Diggers rebuild Lancing Beach. Picture: Environment agency

Fierce storms in December battered the coastline sending and other debris shingle sprawling across Brighton Road.

An Environment Agency Spokesman said: “During December we recycled 9,800 tonnes of beach material into the Brooklands and Lancing area.

“If we hadn’t undertaken this work, the damage to properties and the A259 Brighton Road would have been considerable.

The Environment Agency estimated that a further 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes of material would be required to ensure that the beach continued providing the required level of protection against flooding and over-topping.

Engineers have been taking material from the eastern end of Shoreham Beach and transporting it by road to the beach at Widewater and Lancing’s Beach Green.

From these locations, the shingle is being moved along the beach to those areas that have lost shingle during the storms.

The Environment Agency estimates the work will take up to three weeks to complete, at a cost of £120,000.

Shingle is currently being redistributed on the beach in front of the building on Beach Green.

Bulldozers, diggers and tip-up trucks are shifting tonnes of material every hour to protect the shore.