Emergency £60,000 granted to stop Ilfracombe's old quay head collapsing
NORTH Devon Council has granted £60,000 emergency funding to prevent Old Quay Head in Ilfracombe from collapsing.
Structural engineers have advised the authority, which owns Old Quay Head, that the listed structure at Ilfracombe Pier needs immediate support to prevent it failing.
On Monday council leader Brian Greenslade approved the urgent funding from the Executive Contingency pot.
Mr Greenslade has also agreed to waive the council’s constitutional contractual procedures and to negotiate a price for the work with a suitable contractor.
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The report states: “The danger is that the quay wall will collapse risking a complete failure of the quay head.
“The structure provides shelter to vessels moored in the harbour, as well as reducing wave overtopping and preventing the flooding of properties surrounding the harbour.
“The Old Quay Head also provides the only available moorings for part of the commercial fishing fleet.
“There are a number of options presently being considered.
“Both speed of construction and provision of moorings for the commercial fishermen will be considered along with the minimum cost possible.”
Speaking on Tuesday Harbour master Rob Lawson said: “Engineers are currently working on urgent temporary repairs to prevent the end of Old Quay Head falling away.
“The area is closed to vehicles but will remain open to pedestrians for the foreseeable future.”
Ilfracombe district councillor Mike Edmunds said: “This is obviously a big concern, we need to make sure quay head is safe and secure.
“In the long term this will need some serious attention.”