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No tender bids submitted for Fermain wall repairs

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AS ANOTHER winter approaches there is little progress on plans to repair damage to the Fermain wall with no companies coming forward to tender for the project.

A picture taken earlier this month of the damage to Fermain wall. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 26024423)

Last November, Environment & Infrastructure president Deputy Barry Brehaut said that work was hoped to start by this autumn.

A spokesperson said: ‘The Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure has a large programme of infrastructure investments to consider and prioritise and the wall at Fermain is one of many coastal areas that require maintenance.

‘The project is larger in scope than a wall repair due to its location at the bottom of a steep cliff face.

‘The repairs that took place in the 1990s saw the cliff profile altered and the wall immediately to the south of the slipway was reduced in height and brought forward onto the beach.’

The spokesperson said work was ongoing to identify the technical expertise required.

‘Despite officers’ efforts to date, no tender bids have been submitted.

‘The Environment & Infrastructure team is continuing conversations with providers in order to progress this project further and aims to re-tender before the end of this year.’

The wall was damaged five years ago during storms in 2014 and, in 2015, E&I said that repair plans would probably have to go to the States for funding,

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An initial estimate for repair work given by E&I in 2017 was £600,000.

However, last November, Deputy Brehaut said this estimate was likely to increase.

The wall at Fermain is a defence from Napoleonic times.

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