Council acts to repair sea wall

PUBLISHED: 09:22 11 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:22 11 January 2016


Repairs to a section of the sea wall at Lympstone are expected to be completed by Devon County Council early this week.

The authority says it responded after high tides and rough seas over the festive break took their toll on the length of the old masonry wall at Sowden Lane, creating a hole the size of a small car.

The damage to the wall, which supports the highway, was reported to the council on January 1 and was assessed the same day by the on-call bridge inspector.

The area was fenced off and the site made safe and repairs got underway earlier this week.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highway management, said: “The timely response by our teams has helped prevent further damage to this retaining wall.”

Councillor Bernard Hughes, whose Exmouth Halsdon and Woodbury ward includes Lympstone, also praised the council for its swift response to his request for assistance.

He said: “Such quick reaction prevented the closure of the highway and also ensured that the Exe Estuary Trail has remained open for all to enjoy.”

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