Repair work on Newhaven harbour arm after violent storms in Sussex

The Argus: Repair work on Newhaven harbour arm after violent storms in Sussex Repair work on Newhaven harbour arm after violent storms in Sussex

Emergency repairs are being carried out to save a harbour arm after the violent storms of recent weeks.

Workers are carrying out the maintenance at Newhaven Harbour after four cracks appeared in the concrete wall.

The work has been described as “hugely important”, with the Dieppe ferry and a fleet of fishing boats all using the port.


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Harbour master Dave Collins-Williams told The Argus the work had to be carried out “as soon as possible” to prevent any further damage.

He said: “It started with St Jude in October last year when we had a minor breach.

“Since then it has been relentless and we’ve had three further breaches – all on the sea side.”

He explained that huge waves crash into the harbour arm, knocking chunks of concrete into the sea. Further waves then get in the cracks and cause greater damage.

He added: “The biggest crack is something like 20ft by 7ft. It’s quite sizeable.

“The trouble for those repairing it is getting out there. It is difficult work and conditions recently have hardly been ideal. In the last few days the weather has dropped off a bit so the work has now started.”

Thecompany entrusted with repairing the wall is Worthingbased AJC Contractors.

Workers go over the side of the wall in a cage crane and use a special German product to seal up gaps in the wall.

Mr Collins-Williams said: “It’s expensive but we’ve used it in the past. It’s quick and effective.

“The damage is something which has to be dealt with immediately and so we have taken action as soon as possible.”

Elsewhere across the county, residents and councils have begun repairs following a break in the weather.

In Seaford, bulldozers have spent the last fewdaysmoving shingle displaced by the storms.

Huge waves and strong winds uncovered longforgotten fishing stands on the town’s beach, while the storms also caused cracks in concrete sea defences.

In Brighton and Hove the council is facing the cost of repairing metal seafront railings which were damaged by the weekend storms.

The weather is looking more settled over the coming week with what the Met Office describes as a “return to normal wintry conditions”.

Aforecaster told The Argus: “There will still be some wind and rain but not the extreme weather we have seen recently.”

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12:30pm Thu 20 Feb 14

twonk says...

It is called The Breakwater.
It is called The Breakwater. twonk

12:33pm Thu 20 Feb 14

voice_of_middle_england says...

The only reason this hugely important work has turned into emergency repairs is due to the complete lack of regular maintenance during the summer months. Any local will remember the work gangs replacing sections of arch and west facing wall from Easter onwards back in the BR days, most of which was in better shape prior to being replaced than the majority of the breakwater now.

Since NPP have owned it the breakwater like most other parts of the harbour is crumbling and only has money spent on it when it's absolutely necessary. Take a look at it from the seaward side, not a single bonio left around the end and very low and patchy for almost the entire length. Rather than take preventative action and construct new Bonios they'll just wait till another hole is punched in it.
The only reason this hugely important work has turned into emergency repairs is due to the complete lack of regular maintenance during the summer months. Any local will remember the work gangs replacing sections of arch and west facing wall from Easter onwards back in the BR days, most of which was in better shape prior to being replaced than the majority of the breakwater now. Since NPP have owned it the breakwater like most other parts of the harbour is crumbling and only has money spent on it when it's absolutely necessary. Take a look at it from the seaward side, not a single bonio left around the end and very low and patchy for almost the entire length. Rather than take preventative action and construct new Bonios they'll just wait till another hole is punched in it. voice_of_middle_england

12:37am Fri 21 Feb 14

openthebeach says...

"The work has been described as “hugely important”, with the Dieppe ferry and a fleet of fishing boats all using the port."..........the story should also have mentioned the hugely important access to the sandy west beach Village Green by members of the public....
"The work has been described as “hugely important”, with the Dieppe ferry and a fleet of fishing boats all using the port."..........the story should also have mentioned the hugely important access to the sandy west beach Village Green by members of the public.... openthebeach

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