February 5, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea jetty to
be repaired at last by district council
of pounds worth of repairs are to be carried out to Burnham-On-Seas
crumbling jetty to stop its condition further deteriorating.
District Council is drawing up plans to start a restoration project
this September with the overhaul expected to be completed
by the end of 2009.
comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com exclusively reported
last month that the landmark had been further damaged by recent
ice and winter storms, as pictured here.
have limited resources and therefore our ambitions are proportionately
modest. Whilst we are aware of various ideas for the future of
the jetty, there is a need to undertake remedial works to prevent
further deterioration. We do not wish to delay repairs further,
Julian Street, the councils Group Manager for Support Services,
understood that the funding set aside for the work by the authority
may only be available until the end of 2009, so if no work is
undertaken the funds may be withdrawn.
work is expected to include repairs to the flank walls of the
jetty, including re-pointing and stone repairs, resetting of coping
stones, resurfacing tarmac areas, removing the barriers currently
in place to stop vehicular access and reviewing handrails.
council is appointing a project manager this month and will then
start work on drawing up a specification for the works and issue
tenders in the late Spring and early Summer.
contractors will be appointed by the start of August and the work
will then start on-site in mid-September for the end of the tourist
season, with completion expected in mid-November.
is hoped that this work will maintain the jetty in a reasonable
condition for a five year period; however, this will be entirely
dependent of prevailing wind and weather, added Mr Street.
photos show (top) the jetty at the height of the summer; and (above
and below) the jetty's crumbling tarmac surface