The Breakwater in Brixham will be receiving reinforcements over the coming months following damage earlier this year.
The works, which are needed following Storm Emma, started on Monday 3 December 2018 and may take up to six months to complete.
During the work 30,000 tonnes of granite boulders will be transported from Falmouth by barge and placed on the seaward side of the Breakwater. This rock armour will then protect the wall from waves during future storms. A plinth will also be built to raise the height of the wall. This plinth will deflect the waves back into the sea instead of over the Breakwater and into the harbour.
Executive Lead for Tourism, Culture and Harbours, Councillor Nicole Amil, said: “Storm Emma caused a lot of damage to the Bay, especially our coastline around Brixham, and it’s good to see that the Marine Management Organisation have now approved our plans to strengthen the Breakwater. The work, which is costing in excess of £3 million, will provide better protection for the Breakwater, extend its life and continue to make it accessible for everyone.”
The barge will carry enough boulders for 10 days of work, it will then return to Falmouth to reload, which will take a week before returning for the work to continue.
The funds for these repairs have come from Torbay Council and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.