Bucks Mills residents make urgent repairs to sea wall

09:29 28 February 2014

Doug Walls, David Walls and Chris Braund finish off the repair work before high tide on Thursday.

Doug Walls, David Walls and Chris Braund finish off the repair work before high tide on Thursday.

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Volunteers gave up their time and money to reinforce the damaged wall with six tonnes of sand and cement ahead of some of the highest tides of the year.

Residents fear the damaged sea wall could take even more of a battering this weekend.Residents fear the damaged sea wall could take even more of a battering this weekend.

BUCKS Mills residents have been making urgent repairs to the sea wall ahead of some of the highest tides of the year this weekend.

Spring tides and gale force winds earlier this month caused waves to blast a four-metre hole in the sea wall and completely destroyed the slipway to the beach.

But with tides of up to 6.8m predicted on Sunday and Monday, local builders alongside National Trust volunteers have been reinforcing the sea wall.

Parish councillor Roy Turner said: “If that wall goes it will take down the path and all access to the beach, and could put the houses under threat.

The urgent repairs made to the sea wall in Bucks Mills.The urgent repairs made to the sea wall in Bucks Mills.

“Since Monday the volunteers have been working tirelessly and reinforced the wall with 250 sand bags and 15 dumpy bags full of rubble.

“Residents have funded several hundred pounds themselves for this work and at the next parish council meeting we will be proposing to reimburse as much as we can.

“The National Trust has also been very helpful in sending volunteers, sand and cement, and a mechanical barrow for bringing the materials down to the beach.

Cllr Turner said once the tides had receded, all interested parties would be meeting to discuss the substantial repair job that would need to take place.

David Walls, who lives in the hamlet and has been working on the repairs, said he was worried about what would happen over the weekend.

“We’ve reinforced the wall with six tonnes of sand and cement, and filled 19 cubic metres of dumpy bags, but now we will just have to wait,” he said.

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  • I just wanted to add to this piece that I have heard lots of others from the community have worked very hard behind the scenes to allow this stage to happen. Also other members of the community gave some time for labour. Without everyone as a whole this temporary measure couldn't of been achieved.

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    Poppy

    Friday, February 28, 2014

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