WORK to renovate and improve piles and pontoons in Sutton Harbour will begin next week.
A “piling barge” will arrive in the harbour on Monday for a three-week programme during which it will remove 16 old piles - the upright poles which hold the pontoons (walkways) in place.
The work, which is part of a £240,000 investment scheme by Sutton Harbour Holdings, also includes the removal of the old Marrowbone slip pontoons and piles on the eastern side of the harbour, and reconfiguring some berths to accommodate more boats.
The pedestrian waterfront walkway at East Quays will be closed between 8am and 6pm on weekdays while the work is completed.
Marina manager Mark Brimacombe said: “This work is part of our ongoing investment to transform Sutton Harbour into a national destination.
“Some of the pontoons and piles have reached the end of their lives so we are removing those and taking the opportunity to reconfigure some of our berths.
“This will give us greater flexibility, for vessels of all sizes. By creating an open area of water on the eastern side of the harbour it will also be more accessible and easier to clean, so there will be important environmental benefits.”