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VIDEO: Repair funds agreed for Bucks Mills slipway

PUBLISHED: 10:47 23 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:50 23 April 2014

The slipway was completely destroyed by the waves in February.

The slipway was completely destroyed by the waves in February.

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Torridge agrees to pledge £85,000 for repairs after storm damage, subject to further funding applications.

The huge waves blasted a giant hole in the sea wall in February. The huge waves blasted a giant hole in the sea wall in February.

THE storm damaged slipway at Bucks Mills could be fixed using £85,000 from Torridge District Council.

In its capital budget report, the council’s community and resources committee agreed Torridge would fund the repairs subject to further funding applications.

The slipway at the fishing hamlet was completely destroyed by the huge spring tides in February leaving the beach inaccessible.

Council leader Philip Collins visited the site earlier this month and said the council is working closely with the local community and parish council.

He said: “The community and resources committee last Monday approved the capital budget for Bucks Mills to be repaired subject to investigation of external funding streams with the Environment Agency, Coastal Communities, FLAG (Fisheries local action group) and other possible sources of funding, including the private sector.

“We have had meetings with a contractor this week to arrange for safe temporary beach access over the summer holidays, and we are hoping to agree this shortly.”

Temporary repairs were completed earlier this year with the costs partially met by Woolsery Parish Counci and Parkham Parish Council.

Each council funded £500 each, alongside donations from district and county councillors.

Parish councillors, the Bucks Cross Village Hall trustees and local people have also pledged funds as well as carrying out repairs.

It is anticipated that temporary repairs will be in place for the summer season.

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