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Fishermen Want Cheaper West Bay Harbour Repair Bills

West Bay

8:16am 8th June 2013

Fishermen at West Bay want a cheaper solution to harbour repairs than the £1.4M plan originally proposed.

A public consultation's open to comments till Friday (14 June) on how to fix the deep water berths first identified to be giving way in 2004.

The District Council is planning to stabilise and protect a 50 metre section of the historic quay wall known as the deep water berth in West Bay.

The deep water berth quay wall and timber fenders are in very poor structural condition. Erosion of the soft harbour bed has led to structural damage, which has been repaired or re-built several times.

Due to the state of the wall boats and vehicles cannot use that area of the quayside.

It is proposed to install steel sheet piles in front of the existing wall. The piles would be supported by tie bars drilled through the existing wall and anchored in the ground behind. The piling would be faced with timber fenders. The gap between the piles and the existing wall would be filled with crushed stone and capped with reinforced concrete, with mooring bollards built in.

By doing these repairs harbour users will be able to use that area of the quayside again.

Proposed plans and the consultation can be viewed HERE

If plans are approved work to the quay wall could start in spring 2014.

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