Crumbling Lynmouth cliffs need �35,000

District councillors asked to approve funding for repair works above Lynmouth Esplanade car park.

AN estimated �35,000 is needed to carry out stabilisation works on the crumbling cliffs overlooking Lynmouth Esplanade car park.

North Devon Council’s executive committee was being recommended yesterday (Tuesday) to release urgent funding from its contingency reserve to enable repairs following a number of cliff falls.

The area below the cliffs was cordoned off after several rock falls at the end of October. The car park and slope area are owned or leased by the district council and maintained under an agency agreement by Lynton Town Council.

Councillors were also asked yesterday to waive contracting procedures in this case and appoint contractor Celtic Rock to carry out the repairs.

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A report to the meeting said the company had been used on numerous occasion at the location, which it knew well and had provided a competitive quote for the work. The estimate includes a 15 per cent contingency fund, should the works prove costlier than anticipated.

Several cliff stabilisation projects have been carried out at Lynmouth Esplanade since 1998.

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