RNLI slipway to be knocked down

A SLIPWAY which has been used to launch rescue boats in Weston may be demolished because it is in such bad condition.

A SLIPWAY which has been used to launch rescue boats in Weston may be demolished because it is in such bad condition.

The structure, which consists of a steel deck supported by timber planks encased in concrete, is located at Birnbeck Pier.

The RNLI uses the slipway but the charity is concerned it may collapse and fall into the water, causing damage to fish and other marine life. It says repair work will be too expensive.

A planning application has been submitted to carry out the work on the listed structure and if granted the demolition will take place outside of the summer holiday season.


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RNLI spokesman Liam McDermott said: "We have started using another slipway on the other side of the pier which we can use the new tractors on and drive down.

"The RNLI doesn't want to waste any money and we can launch the lifeboats this other way.

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