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SIDMOUTH: Seafront patched up in time for Easter

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Sidmouth’s storm-battered seafront was back to its best in time for a busy Easter weekend, after district council teams worked round the clock to patch up the town’s landmarks. The worst of the storms struck Sidmouth in February, causing serious structural damage to some of the town’s major holiday hotspots and there had been real concern the impact of the bad weather would hit tourism businesses ahead of the Easter break. But the Alma Walkway was reopened several days ago after being closed for a number of weeks, and new fencing rails have been put up along the banks of the River Sid, where part of the cliff has been washed away. Repairs at Jacob’s Ladder were also completed in time to reopen the pedestrian area for Easter. An East Devon District Council spokesperson said: “Most of Sidmouth’s damaged infrastructure was back in action in time for the Easter weekend. “EDDC teams and contractors have been hard at work in a bid to get repairs to the storm-affected landmarks completed in time for the holiday. “The Alma Walkway was reopened several days ago after repairs to damage caused by the storms in February. “New fencing rails have been erected and the walkway is back in use following the washing away of part of the cliff on the banks of the River Sid. “Repair work has now been completed to the concrete apron below Jacob’s Ladder, so this pedestrian area is now back in use too.” Temporary fencing has been put up in the viewing area at Connaught Gardens, where a weakened wall near the greenhouse had to be partially demolished for safety reasons following the storms. And a building contractor is still waiting for parts to be delivered before the area can be made secure enough for public access. The work is likely to be completed in May.

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