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Havelet slipway rebuild to go out to tender after design selected

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HAVELET slipway should be back in working order for next year’s summer season.

The current state of the slipway at Havelet which remains closed after storm damage in November. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 26024211)

Problems with the slipway have been ongoing since it underwent significant repair in 2014 and the slipway was again damaged last November during storms.

It has been closed throughout this year.

‘Guernsey Harbours has been working with the States of Guernsey’s Property Services team to finalise a suitable design for the reinstatement of the Havelet slipway,’ said Guernsey Ports commercial manager Doug Wright.

‘This design phase of the project is now almost complete. The next part of the process is to go out to competitive tender for the works shortly.

‘Our intention is for the facility to be open to the public again ready for the 2020 season.’

He said that the start date for work on the site would be finalised once the full tendering process had been completed and a programme of works had been agreed.

Earlier this year ports general manager Colin Le Ray said the board had reviewed multiple options for repair, an important stage to ensure repair costs were appropriate and spent effectively.

Steve Bougourd of Donkey Divers said although they do not use the slipway often any more, he hoped it would be repaired soon for those who did.

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‘Particularly for the Sailing Trust.

‘You’ve got children launching boats into St Peter Port harbour, and health and safety of that is not good, far better to use Havelet slipway.

‘I do think it should be rebuilt rather than repaired, the layout’s not right – but it would cost a lot of money,’ he said.

Charlotte Le

By Charlotte Le
News reporter

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