Delay for £3.9million seafront project

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 December 2010

Work   on Pier Square weston sea front.

Work on Pier Square weston sea front.

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THE £3.9million revamp of a prime seafront area is set to be completed weeks later than expected.

North Somerset Council contractors started work on Pier Square in February and the finishing touches were expected to be made to the site by the end of November.

The area, stretching from Salisbury Terrace to Carlton Street and from the promenade to the junctions of Oxford Street and Regent Street, has a new pedestrian section with granite paving.

But council highways chief, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, said this week that there is still a lot of ‘minor work’ to finish in Pier Square.

He said: “Having reviewed the progress it is clear there is still a lot of fairly minor work to do, including paving and finishing off, which will not be helped over the coming days by the low temperatures.

“We are still working towards the official switch-on of the fountain on December 14.

“Certainly all the outstanding work should be complete by the end of that week, with the exception of the southern steps which had to be reordered by the contractor from China after the original delivery was found to be incorrect.

“I suspect there is also likely to be some minor snagging to put right once the works are completed, but that’s not surprising when you look at the magnitude of the project.

“It’s a bit more than a simple drive way repaving.”

A daily penalty for late completion by the contractor of £750 per day has been in place since early October.

Cllr Ap Rees added: “Personally I would rather take some stick now and see the job completed properly and to the high spec of the rest of the seafront works, rather than rush the contractors for the sake of meeting a promise - however well meant it was at the time.”

There have also been delays to Weston’s sea defence work.

Minor repairs on the south side of the Tropicana wall need to be done and that has been delayed due to the frost as it is not good for the cement.

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