Work finally completed on Sturminster Newton river bank

WORK to stabilise a Sturminster Newton river bank has been completed.

The bank of the Stour, between the Mill and the bridge, has been strengthened during work by Dorset Council.

Almost 500 nails, between eight and 12 metres long, were drilled to secure the embankment to the bedrock.

This method was selected over piling, a similar process to hammering, in order to minimise vibrations.

The footpath has been closed for years in order to protect residents as the ground slowly fell into the water.

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The final part of the process, which sees the pavement laid and fence installed, is currently taking place.

Following an arrangement with the town council, trees will be replanted on land east of the bridge.

Portfolio holder for highways, travel and environment, Cllr Ray Bryan, said: “Many thanks to local residents, motorists and the town council for your positive support and understanding throughout these essential stabilisation works.

“Our team, and our contactors, Heidelberg, worked in some challenging conditions, including heavy rainfall that caused higher than normal river levels.

“They have done a fantastic job that has created a safer place for all.”

Cllr Carole Jones, ward member for Sturminster Newton, added: “The workforce on site have been fantastic.

“Many a morning they were there from 7.30am, not leaving until almost dark.

“It really is so wonderful not to see the awful blue and red plastic railings anymore and I would like to thank all of the residents of Stur for their patience – we got there.”

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