A £1MILLION project to rebuild the Splash Point sea defence wall in Watchet has been completed.

Somerset West and Taunton Council made temporary repairs to the wall to prevent further material from being washed out to sea after it was destroyed in the winter storms of 2019/20.

Designs and funding for a permanent solution were then approved in time for work to begin in September 2020.

Large steel rock anchors have been set into the bedrock with steel reinforced concrete poured in to form a dense concrete block. These blocks are secured to each other, to the bedrock and into the ground behind the new wall using steel to ensure a strong finish.

Cllr Marcus Kravis, executive member for Asset Management and Economic Development, said: “I am delighted that replacement of the Splash Point sea defence wall has been completed so quickly.

“It has been a huge effort by designers, contractors and staff firstly to make a temporary repair and then to provide a permanent replacement.

"I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts including our contractors, Keir and our designers Black & Veatch, and to the community of Watchet for their patience during all stages of the work.”