Coast path repairs on track

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Coast path repairs on track

Posted: 12/02/2008 10:13:19

Strengthening work on the retaining wall supporting part of the South West Coast Path at Ilfracombe is on schedule to be completed by Easter, if the mild weather continues.

The final section of the parapet wall at Capstone Hill is currently under construction and once finished, scaffolding will be removed. The scheme will then be completed with the resurfacing of the path and installation of lamp columns.

Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council Executive Member for Environment, said: "This section of the South West Coast Path scheme is popular with visitors and locals and I'm sure everyone will welcome it being re-opened before Easter. Work is progressing well with the good weather we're having and the completed scheme will provide a safer footpath for everyone."

Councillor Geoff Fowler, Devon County Councillor for Ilfracombe, who visited the site last week to see the latest developments, said: "Although in a very exposed seaward position and through the worst part of the winter, the contractors have done an excellent job, both in engineering terms and by keeping to a scheduled timetable. To have this part of the South West footpath and important local amenity re-opened before Easter is a real bonus for the community."

The project, which is part of Devon County Council's Bridge Assessment and Strengthening capital programme, started in September and has involved strengthening the existing masonry retaining wall which supports a footpath (Footpath No 92) carrying the South West Coast Path around Capstone Hill.

To ensure the safety of the workforce and the public, the footpath remains closed and a short diversion route signed while the work is ongoing. Access will be available at all times for emergency and maintenance vehicles.

Devon County Council has designed and is supervising the works. The main contractor is Bude based, Macplant Construction Ltd.


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