Work to start on breakwater

By Martin Neville

Sunday, May 4, 2014

 

Work to start on breakwater

An artist's impression of the Cowes Outer Breakwater.

WORK on the new £7 million Cowes breakwater is due to start next week.

Harbourmaster Capt Stuart McIntosh said construction of the 350-metre-long breakwater, to create a sheltered harbour, would be carried out in two phases.

The first phase would be completed in the autumn, at which point the gravel core would be visible around five metres clear of low water spring tides.

Following a settlement period, contractors would return the following spring to re-dress the core before completing the work during the summer, he told Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) last Friday.

He said exclusion zones would be in place at the mouth of Cowes Harbour during construction, which would be marked out with navigation marks and lights agreed with Trinity House.

People will be able to follow progress by joining CHC on Facebook or Twitter and on the commission’s re-vamped website — www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/breakwater — which gives details of the construction programme.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by GARRY Green

6th May 2014, at 01:43:59

How is this harbour master a captain? A typical waste of money spent on the rich boat owners who still get "Red Diesel" for public use! That should be banned!

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by Mike Crowe

5th May 2014, at 16:56:46

Leave Totland sea wall to nature.

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by William Sykes

5th May 2014, at 09:24:17

Yes.. There are many more deserving places that the money could be spent.. The sea wall at Totland is a real disaster for locals & tourists alike.

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by john jones

5th May 2014, at 08:51:21

who's paying for it??????? and is it really top of the agenda for fixing the island??????? we can give you 50 other things to spend £7m on and it would benefit a lot more island residents.

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by steven meakin

5th May 2014, at 07:05:41

Shame the money is not spent totland sea wall instead !

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by GARRY Green

4th May 2014, at 17:29:39

Great idea for foggy conditions, wonder what will hit it first?

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