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Iconic hut to be rebuilt on Portreath's harbour wall after being demolished by monster storm waves

By WBJLock  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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AN iconic hut is to be restored to its former glory on Portreath’s harbour wall after it was smashed to pieces by 30 foot monster waves last week.

The Dead Man’s Hut, as it is known locally, will sit atop a rebuilt buttress as part of repair works by Cornwall Council to the village’s harbour wall.

Repair works are under way after over 100 tonnes of the harbour wall was swept into the sea following the rough conditions last week.

Cornwall Councillor for Mount Hawke and Portreath Joyce Duffin said: “I am very pleased with the immediate response from Cornwall Council and the timely nature of the repairs.

“The emergency repair works started as soon as safely possible. The finger pier is a very important sea defence for Portreath and I think the immediacy of the response is proof of that.

“I would like to thank the maritime nanager, the emergency team and the network managers for their dedication during the storm and their continued support in the repair and rebuild phase.

“On-going, longer term repairs will happen with input of other departments and agencies due to the harbour being a heritage asset.”

The repair works include; re-pointing of the finger pier; filling large holes on the finger pier surface; repair and strengthen wave breaker defences; replace safety rails and barriers and fill a hole in the wall on the far side of the finger pier.

No time scale has been given for the repair works, but the majority of holes have now been filled by Cormac, Cornwall Council’s engineering arm.

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  • break  |  January 14 2014, 4:07PM

    To correct one of the last postings I made about this,on the end of the pier,is what must be the look-out hut,used to have a tramline going down towards it from the Portreath incline.The deadman's hut,is the hut built into the side of the cliff,on the other side of the harbour.Originally I thought it was the deaman's hut that got swept away,until I seen the pictures.Good to see the hut's being rebuilt,hope they do a proper job rebuilding it.

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  • TheGeofflane  |  January 14 2014, 12:17PM

    And it's 'over a hundred tonnes of the harbour wall' WERE swept in to the sea. The verb refers to the plural noun, not the 'of' clause. Years ago, I'd have been told off for beginning a sentence with 'And'. But (and there's another), we have no regard for grammar today.

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  • TheGeofflane  |  January 14 2014, 12:07PM

    'Iconic' used again. Does the adjective retain any meaning? I am now going to catch an iconic number 18 bus to Truro, that iconic Cornish city and pay off my iconic Barclaycard bill. Does my iconic campaign against this overused iconic adjective have to continue, or will you take the iconic hint?

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