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WATCH: £1 million repairs begin for storm-hit harbour

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:15pm 14th November 2018. (Updated at 7:43am 15th November 2018)

Repairs are getting underway this week, to the Cornish harbour that was battered by Storm Eleanor.

The sea wall is the line of defence against flooding and the harshest storms for homes and businesses in the village.

But when the worst of the weather arrived - chunks came tumbling down.

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Almost £1 million is being spent on repairs to the sea wall at Portreath, Cornwall, hit by Storm Eleanor

On Thursday, the Environment Agency is starting work to permanently fix the damage.

The repairs are expected to cost almost £1 million and officials say should be finished by next March.

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Chunks of the sea wall collapsed when the worst of the weather hit the Cornwall village and the work should be done by March

They will build a new reinforced concrete wall and clad it with stone to match the existing wall.

Included in the plans are new concrete access steps, repair to the slipway and new measures to strengthen the remaining wall.

“Following the damage sustained to the sea wall at Portreath during Storm Eleanor last winter, the Environment Agency has taken the decision to step in and repair the wall. 

"We don’t own the wall and aren’t responsible for it but recognise how valuable it is in protecting the community of Portreath from coastal flooding.

"We believe it is right to use our discretionary powers in this instance to help protect Portreath and restore the standard of coastal protection to the wider community”.

Nick Ely, Area Coastal Engineer at the Environment Agency

Most of the funding for repairs will be a Government grant in aid, the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee will contribute £40,000.

The Environment Agency reckon the work will be completed by March 2019.

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