Green light for £2million Ilfracombe Old Quay Head repair

The Old Quay Head in Ilfracombe.

The Old Quay Head in Ilfracombe. - Credit: Archant

COUNCILLORS have agreed to borrow up to £2million pounds for a vital ‘permanent solution’ to the crumbling Old Quay Head in Ilfracombe.

The Old Quay Head in Ilfracombe.

The Old Quay Head in Ilfracombe. - Credit: Archant

At North Devon Council’s executive committee meeting this morning (Tuesday) it was decided to give the green light to plans to borrow the money and get construction work underway as soon as possible.

The committee was told previous repairs had managed to extend the life of the listed 18th century structure, but the wall was now bulging in various locations and likely to collapse soon.

Although the council has budgeted to borrow the £2million, it is hoped grants might be available from organisations such as English Heritage.

Council leader Brian Greenslade told the Gazette yesterday it was work that ‘simply had to be done’, otherwise there was a risk of flooding plus damage to the harbour and its boats, not to mention health and safety considerations.


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“The £2million is our best estimate for the cost of putting in an additional wall to ensure it remains safe – it seems high but it’s an infrastructure investment that should stand the test of time,” he added.

“It’s obviously expense we would rather not have to find, but it’s clearly work that absolutely has to be done, because we don’t feel confident the existing structure will go safely through the winter period.”

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Subject to full council approval, it is hoped the work can begin early in August.

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