Long-awaited repairs to the sea wall at Mount Batten are due to get under way on Monday 18 September.
Regular visitors to the area will be aware that a short section of the pathway between the Mount Batten ferry terminal and the Mount Batten North slipway has been narrowed for some time, due to a collapse of the sea wall below.
The ‘void’ underneath is estimated to be around four metres wide, more than two metres high and two metres deep but detailed surveys need to be carried out to establish the actual extent of the damage and repairs required.
Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member with responsibility for corporate property, land and facilities, said: “There has been fencing along this popular part of the South West Coast Path for a number of years now and it is time the issue was dealt with.
“We need to fully investigate the damage to the sea wall below and get it repaired – and the sooner the better.
“Prolonging these works any further will mean the risk of poor weather conditions hampering our efforts and potentially delaying repairs for another year, which is not an option we want to consider.
“We need to get the sea wall made safe and this important waterfront route fully open to the public as soon as possible so that people can start to enjoy the area properly again.”
The pathway will need to be closed between the ferry terminal and slipway while investigation works are carried out to assess the true extent of damage. It is hoped that the surveys and repairs will take no longer than 10 weeks.
Repairs are expected to include removal of the unstable stonework (which will be set aside for re-use) followed by reinforcement work and then reconstruction of the wall.
Pedestrians will be diverted along Lawrence Road during the closure and access to the ferry terminal and all businesses will be maintained throughout.