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Work starts at East Quay wall

14 June 2021 : Council news, Community, Environment

Work to replace a section of the wall at East Quay, Watchet, has started this week.

The maintenance work was identified following a professional survey of the wall and represents a further investment of £0.75m into the coastal community.

The East Quay wall is part of the structure which creates the Marina and protects Watchet as a sea defence.

Cllr Marcus Kravis, Executive Member for Assets, said: “Whilst not presenting a risk to the public this central part of the structure, owned by SWT, was identified as needing work to ensure its integrity in the future.

“The Council has a duty to maintain its assets and takes this responsibility seriously so I am pleased to see this work commencing and hope the community will bear with us while we carry out this planned maintenance work.”

The work is being carried out by TMS Maritime Ltd, an established marine piling company with years of experience in similar projects.

East Quay will be closed to all pedestrians and vehicles throughout the duration of the works which are expected to last for eight weeks.

Appropriate signage is in place with access to the boatyard and beach via the steps at the far end of East Quay.

SWT recently completed a £1m project to rebuild the Splash Point sea defence wall in Watchet after it was destroyed in the winter storms of 2019/20.