Southwold Harbour reapair work to begin

REPAIR work is set to take place next week on damaged parts of Southwold Harbour's north pier.The work will be carried out over a six-week period starting from Tuesday and will repair parts of the timber fender at the seaward end of the pier.

Danielle Nuttall

REPAIR work is set to take place next week on damaged parts of Southwold Harbour's north pier.

The work will be carried out over a six-week period starting from Tuesday and will repair parts of the timber fender at the seaward end of the pier.

The fender prevents boats from colliding with rock slopes at the harbour entrance.

The work, carried out on behalf of Waveney District Council, will involve the removal and replacement of steel piles and timber fendering damaged by waves and worn by shingle.

It will also see the creation of temporary platforms to support the construction plant for the duration of the project.

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This may involve the redistribution of parts of original rock slopes but these will be reinstated upon completion.

Last year, the Environment Agency revealed plans to abandon flood defences along the Blyth Estuary over a period of 20 years, affecting large areas of Southwold, Walberswick and Reydon.

The agency claims the costs of repairing them are greater than the benefits.

Residents fear Southwold harbour will no longer be useable once the Reydon Marsh flood defences fail, which is likely to happen some time in the next five to 20 years.

The new repair work will take place landward of the fender line so navigation of the harbour entrance will not be affected.

Work is planned to take place during normal working hours and not at weekends to minimise any inconvenience of residents and visitors.

A fenced compound area to store cabins, materials and machinery, will be set up on the Denes immediately seaward of the Harbour car park.

The construction area around the seaward end of the north pier will also be fenced to protect the public from hazards.

Notices to mariners will also be issued to advise seafarers of the works.

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