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Transport Secretary to announce £1.7m for storm-hit ports in Devon and Cornwall

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

By Graeme Demianyk, WMN London Editor, Twitter: @GraemeDemianyk

  • Cormac workers replace the blocks of Portreath's historic ‘monkey house’ at the end of a pier that was washed away in storms. Picture: Colin Higgs

  • Waves thrash the coast by a section of the Dawlish sea wall in February

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The Government will today unveil a £1.7 million investment package to repair Devon and Cornwall ports damaged in the winter storms.

The money to be announced by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will see 15 towns and villages in the two counties benefit by strengthening harbour walls, restoring quays and fixing slipways.

The Conservative Secretary of State will spend two days in the region where he will visit some of the projects funded by more than £200 million to help fix roads, railways and coastal communities affected by the exceptionally wet and wild winter.

Mr McLoughlin said: “Our small ports are vital to the livelihoods of the communities they serve and are the lifeblood of the local economy.

“The Government has already provided significant funding to reverse the damage caused by an exceptionally wet and windy winter. I want to see this additional money help the recovery in these coastal towns.”

The Cornwall projects include:

Bude Harbour: £35,405 to fix holes in breakwater and trailing wall damage; £13,668 to address loss of sand from within the breakwater which has led to granite stones been undermined.

Mousehole Harbour: £19,905 to fix partial collapse of old wharf, damage to car park, toilets and railings as well as replacing timbers and equipment related to electricity supply.

Newlyn Harbour: £4,320 for repairs to North Pier roofing and South Pier railings

Penzance Harbour: £129,674 to fix breach of sea wall, loss of fresh water supply and damaged lighting on Lighthouse Quay and, on South Quay, to repair damage to fresh water break tank, cobbled surface and electrical bollards.

Porthleven Harbour: £434,786 to repair collapse of wall at Fisherman’s Quay, remove large granite blocks partially blocking the sluice and fix damage to the hospital corner wall, loss of capping to harbour head wall and undermining of slipway. A further £66,391 to fix damaged caused by wooden baulks to Inner Harbour shifting, damaging roads, ladders and mooring chains.

Portreath Harbour: £179,363 to repair the collapse of the eastern breakwater and wall above it, with a further £83,431 to address the damage to the forward observation hut on finger pier.

Portwrinkle Harbour: £115,000 to fix the collapse of harbour wall and damage to quay surface

St Ives Harbour: £6,784 to repoint parts of Smeaton’s Pier and replace damaged railing on wharf steps.

Newquay Harbour: £2,964 to repair damage to slipway, quay, and landing steps.

Par Harbour: £95,000 to fix damage to the harbour wall and surrounding areas.

Devon Projects include:

Brixham: £11,160 for facing masonry at Eastern Quay.

Clovelly: £5,457 to repair keystones dislodged by swell as well as cobbled surfaces, re-pointing harbour wall and clearing stones blocking access.

Paignton: £18,465 for repairs to foundation toe and fenders at East Quay and landing quay and £19,250 for repairs to address undercutting of foundations of the East Quay wall.

Plymouth: £101,250 repairs to steps and quay wall at Commercial Wharf, Cattewater.

Torquay Harbour: £245,950 to repair masonry facing and seaward stairs at Princess Pier and for pontoons at Torquay town dock.

Mr McLoughlin is also expected to offer money to complete the resurfacing of the roads on St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly while expensive maintenance equipment remains there, and confirm the go-ahead for the harbour improvements on the island.

Work to extend the quay to enhance freight and passenger facilities, provide storm resilience and more options for a future Scillonian vessel should start this August.

Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, which includes West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said he welcomed the Government announcement as a campaign success but said that the Government should find more additional funding “from down the back of its sofa” if the area was to achieve parity with London.

Other Government investment to help the storm hit-region has included £31 million on a rail resilience package and a subsidy of the London-Newquay air link while Dawlish rail line in Devon was being repaired.

The Secretary of State will also visit the most notorious bottlenecks on the A303 to London, which the Government is considering upgrading, and the new

£27 million Camborne, Pool and Redruth link road in Cornwall.

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