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Cornwall's £21m Storm Repair Bill

Newquay storm damage

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 11th February 2014

For the first time we are getting a break down of the cost of fixing the Duchy.

It is after weeks of gales and sea surges.

The total bill stands at £21.35m - but is still rising.

The Prime Minister has pledged that the government will help pick up the bill.

The list below is the council's current repair bill estimates and could change as more information is made available...


Portreath Harbour where there has been severe damage to the pier.  

Cost of damage

o        Interim repairs - current estimated costs £51k
o        Capital repairs - current estimated costs £800k

Impact

o        Potential coastal flooding to 40 properties
o        Economic impact on 5 fishing boats

St Ives where two piers have been damaged.

Cost of damage

o        Interim repairs - current estimated costs £22k
o        Permanent repairs - current estimated costs £22k

Impact

o        Minor repairs to be implemented within two weeks

Newlyn to Marazion where damage includes a breach of coastal defences at Eastern Green and Long Rock threatening the Paddington/Penzance railway line, residential and commercial property, South West Coastal Path; damage to South Quay, Penzance, threatening the link to the Isles of Scilly and damage also to Penzance promenade, Jubilee Pool, Newlyn Green.

Cost of damage

o        Interim repairs - current estimated costs £0.685m
o        Permanent repairs -current estimated costs £5.6m

Impact

o        Major damage to coastal defences threatening the Penzance/Paddington railway line, residential and commercial properties and the South West Coastal Path
o        Interim repairs completed by 31 January 2014

Porthleven (privately owned harbour) where there has been damage to coastal defences, with up to 40 properties at risk from coastal flooding, a breach of the river defences and significant damage to the fishing fleet.

Cost of damage

o        Interim repairs to coastal and river defences - current estimated costs £105k
o        Capital repairs to harbour (privately owned) to be estimated

Impact

o        Impact on tourism economy
o        Economic damage to fishing fleet

Newquay Fistral where there has been damage to coastal defences and undermining of the Fistral Surf Centre; the removal of sand led to undermining of the Fistral RNLI training base and damage to the sand dunes led to damage to several accesses to the beach.

Cost of damage

o        Interim repairs - current estimated costs £15k
o        Capital repairs - current estimated costs £500k

Impact

o        Potential impact on the multiple businesses in Fistral Surf Centre
o        Concerns over the structural integrity of the RNLI training centre
o        Some access structures - severely damaged

Mullion Harbour - (National Trust  Property) where there has been structural damage to Eastern Breakwater.

Cost of damage

o        Estimate awaited from National Trust

Impact

o        Collapse of breakwater would threaten up to 6 residential properties

Newquay Towan and Harbour where there has been damage to the road access to Blue Reef Aquarium, damage to the Towan Promenade and beach huts and damage to harbour assets and harbour masters office.

Cost of damage

o        Interim repairs - current estimated costs £22k
o        Capital repairs - current estimated costs £335k

Impact

o        Risk to service supplies and access to the Aquarium
o        Damage to harbour assets impeding commercial uses

St Mawes where there has been damage to highway, damage to coastal defences at Summers Beach and damage to privately owned quay.

Cost of damage

o        Interim repairs - current estimated costs £108k
o        Capital repairs - current estimated costs £12k
o        Estimates for damage to private pier being prepared

Impact

o        Significant damage to road and commercial premises
o        Significant damage to private owned pier and harbour master office

Bude where interim repairs to Bude Canal and coastal defences have now been completed.

o        Cost of damage
o        Interim repairs - current estimated costs £59k
o        Capital repairs - current estimated costs £130k
o        Further damage to be estimated

Calstock where the failure of a highway wall resulted in the collapse of the road.

Cost of damage
o        Initial response - current estimated costs £0.1m
o        Capital repairs - current estimated costs £0.5m

Impact

o        No vehicular access to 43 properties and 1 business
o        40 trapped cars retrieved by military

Looe where there has been damage to harbour assets and to the coastal defences at Hannafore.

Cost of damage

o        Interim repairs - current estimated costs  £80k
o        Capital repairs - CC - current estimated costs - £20k
o        Looe Harbour Commissioners are preparing estimates

Impact

o        Need for major scheme to give long term protection from coastal inundation
o        Need for marketing campaign to ensure message that 'Cornwall is open'

Kingsand / Cawsand where there has been significant damage to coastal defences and residential properties and to the structural integrity of the institute and the clock tower.

Cost of damage

o        Interim repairs - current estimated costs £20k
o        Capital repairs - current estimated costs £585k

Impact

o        Very high national media focus - threat to tourism and the local economy

Seaton where there has been significant damage to beach profile and local businesses and the loss of wall at the rear of the beach.

Cost of damage

o        Interim repairs - current estimated costs £70
o        Capital repairs - current estimated costs £575k

Impact

o        Requires design and installation of new coastal defences

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