Dam repair to cost £300k

PUBLISHED: 13:30 24 July 2015

Dutch dam.

Dutch dam.

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THE replacement of part of Weston’s flood defences will cost £50,000 more than it was originally estimated.

The Mercury reported in May how part of the multi-million pound flood defence system would be ripped out and replaced because it takes too long to deploy.

The Dutch dam at Knightstone Island will now be replaced at a cost of £300,000 – which is £50,000 more than originally planned.

Raising the dam costs North Somerset Council around £1,500 a time.

And the council, which installed the Dutch dam in 2010, is spending £17,000 a year on closing it during high tides.

Contractors Stoneman’s Engineering and EJ McGraths, who did the original work, have been re-hired, as decided by the council’s executive member for the environment, Councillor Peter Bryant.

His report says: “The continued use of these two contractors will prevent ongoing operational difficulties. By keeping the identical sea defence structures it will ensure that there is consistency in operating them, which is essential in what can be very difficult weather and sea conditions, and frequently carried out at night.”

The replacement gate will match others around the seafront and can be closed in minutes compared to four hours for the dam.

The council said the money, from its reserves, was kept aside for ‘snagging work’ such as this.

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