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Fears Cornwall's Storm Repair Bill Could Reach £25 Million

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:48pm 24th February 2014

The man in charge of the purse strings at Cornwall Council has told Pirate FM there are fears the storm repair bill could run up to £25 million.

The official estimate before huge waves driven by 80 mile an hour gales battered the coast on Valentine's Day was £21.3 million.

Alex Folkes says inspectors are still checking the most recent damage.

Properties from Newlyn to Looe found themselves underwater.

Trains still are not running at Penzance.

Council leader John Pollard says government cash is vital: "Cornwall Council will make sure that the repairs happen.

"We don't want to bid or beg; it's not a competition. We have serious infrastructure problems throughout the whole of Cornwall. It stretches all around the coastline from Bude to Kingsand and we need that help.

"The fact is that this work needs to be done and it does provide opportunities. It provides opportunities to do work differently and better and in the long-term and we need to be a resiliant coastline and that will be the aim."

In a statement, Cornwall Council said: "The current figure for the cost of storm damage is £21.35m plus the costs of the further damage that occurred on Wednesday 12th and Friday 14th February.

"Council staff are currently on site in multiple locations assessing this further damage. We have suffered several storms since the turn of the year, all of which have caused damage.

It is the number of storms that has caused the cumulative damage with individual storms affecting particular locations more than others. For example the 14th February storm caused tremendous damage between Marazion and Penzance."

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