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Repairs underway on Ilfracombe seafront

10:18 20 May 2014

North Devon Council begins a programme of work to get ready for the summer season.

A series of repairs began yesterday (Monday) along Ilfracombe seafront.

North Devon Council is re-pointing brickwork on the bandstand in Runnymede Gardens and at Jubilee car park, plus repairing the balustrade around the crazy golf and putting green, recently damaged by vandals.

“These repairs shouldn’t cause any disruption and won’t take long to complete,” said executive member for parks and open spaces, Councillor Derrick Spear.

“It’s disappointing that some of these repairs have to be carried out because of vandalism. However, we hope to have the seafront looking its best before the summer holidays begin.”

Meanwhile, work to replace the water pipes at Ilfracombe Pier and Cove is continuing. The council’s executive took the urgent decision to upgrade the pipework last month, following an inspection from South West Water.

Progress has been slower than expected due to a double layer of concrete and boulders discovered beneath the surface.

Contractors have brought in specialist picking equipment to remove this sub-layer, but the process is noisy and time consuming.

Chairman of the Harbour Board and Ilfracombe ward member, Cllr Geoff Fowler, added: “These repairs to the pipework are essential and we want to assure residents and businesses that our contractors are working hard to get the job done as quickly as possible.

“As with all engineering projects, things come to light that we couldn’t have known about, such as this double layer of reinforced concrete, which has slowed work down.”

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