A total of 5,000 tonnes of sand which has naturally built up at the eastern end of Aberavon Beach is being moved to other parts of the foreshore to prevent any problems for local residents.
The excess sand has accumulated naturally over the last eight or nine years at a point on the beach at the end of Victoria Road and Neath Port Talbot Council has now brought in contractors to move it along the beach.
It has taken a bit of time to arrange this as it was necessary to obtain a license from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and other agreements and permissions have been required from a wide variety of organisations to allow the work to go ahead.
The moving of the excess sand will take around four to five weeks, with contractors using an excavating machine and dumper trucks to do the work and this project stated on the 11th March, so it’s hoped to be completed by no later than the 5th April 2019.
While the work is going on, the beach car park at the end of Victoria Road, known locally as “the surfers’ car park”, will be closed.
Moving the excess sand will allow the Council to address “sand deficit” problems on some other parts of the beach and will prevent any sand ingress problems for residents living near the eastern end of the beach.
The Council has also taken advice from its wildlife team and has relocated a number of plants of special interest, namely Sea Stock (matthiola sinuata) to a safe location. Also, vehicles involved in moving the sand will not go near the water’s edge to avoid disturbing wildlife such as overwintering birds
Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering, Cllr Ted Latham said: “This accumulation of sand tends to happen naturally every eight or nine years and moving it will help us fill in parts of the seafront where we need more sand. We apologise for any inconvenience that may be cause but the work is necessary. The car park at the eastern end of the beach will re-open when the work is finished.”