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Weymouth Ferry Berth Repairs APPROVED!

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7:12pm 2nd October 2012

Plans to spend nearly 4 million pounds on repairing Weymouth's ferry berth have been approved by the Borough Council.

Leaders have been under pressure to get the crumbling harbour wall fixed after Condor moved sailings from the Port last February.

Work will be carried out in 2 phases and be paid for by the council's cash reserves.

This is subject to a number of project risks such as poor weather, securing materials and potential issues with pile extraction and pile driving obstructions.

Phase 1 main works will include:

- The demolition of part of the existing quayside structure
- Driving in of new tubular and sheet piles
- Installation of new marine fendering and bollards for ferries to moor up against
- Resurfacing of the quay
- Significant concrete scour protection works on the harbour bed

Cllr Gill Taylor, Brief Holder for Environment and Sustainability at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: "The council is very aware of the importance of the harbour as a ferry terminal. It is one of our large employers in the area and also brings benefits to local tourism.

"It is important not only for us but also for Condor and Channel Islands and we need to look to the future to ensure that the works we undertake now not only meet the immediate needs but are also appropriate for the future needs of Weymouth as a ferry terminal.

Captain Fran Collins, Operations Director, Condor Ferries, commented:

"Condor Ferries is pleased that Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has decided to approve the plan to go ahead with the works to repair the harbour wall.  

"We will continue to liaise closely with the Council to confirm the timescales of the work involved.  This is an important step toward the long term aim of developing Weymouth as the gateway to the Channel Islands, with the appropriate modern port facilities.

"It is our long term intention to return to operating regular sailings from Weymouth, once the works to restore the ferry port have been completed."

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