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Emergency works to strengthen Portreath wave defences will begin this week

By WBJLock  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

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Emergency repairs will begin this week to strengthen wave defences in Portreath after the harbour was battered by huge waves.

Cornwall Council, who are responsible for the harbour’s wave defences, met on Monday to assess the situation.

A local resident has claimed around 100 tonnes of the iconic harbour has fallen into the sea, along with the centuries old look-out hut.

But as the harbour is grade two listed, the council must wait for input from Natural England before beginning any repairs.

Cornwall Councillor for Mount Hawke and Portreath cllr Joyce Duffin said immediate repairs to brace up support of a wave barrier will begin this week.

Cllr Duffin said: “The immediate concern was the flood defence that the finger pier gives to the village.

“There are a number of holes/voids on the surface of the finger pier, damage to the safety barriers and approximately 60 per cent of the safety rails have been ripped out.

“There will be re-pointing works to the concrete section of the inner and outer sea wall and to temporarily make good some of the worst areas on the Finger Pier surface. The barriers have all been checked to make sure they are safe.

“With regard to the forward look-out as it is a listed harbour and in the World Heritage Site, there will have to be input from Natural England etc before decisions can be made on that work.

“Sad to see the damage but very pleased that there was hardly any flooding to properties and no injuries. Thanks must go to the police and the coastguard for their help in protecting the storm-watchers.”

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  • cweatherhill  |  January 08 2014, 11:29AM

    Natural "England" have no involvement with listed buildings. "English" Heritage does. However, a Grade II Listing means that they will probably not get involved (they normally only get involved with the higher Grade II* and Grade I buildings), but leave it to Cornwall Council's conservation officers.

  • TheGeofflane  |  January 08 2014, 10:44AM

    Two great shames: one, the damage to the harbour defences; two, the increasingly common irrelevant and inaccurate use of the word 'iconic'. Find another adjective.

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