Good progress is being made on the £8.5 million Environment Agency tidal defence scheme at Shaldon and Ringmore on the Teign estuary.
The first phase of the project in Shaldon village is nearly complete as work in this area, downstream of Shaldon Bridge, stops for the summer.
“We are pleased that this major part of the scheme is almost finished, apart from some minor details,” said Andy Hohl, Environment Agency project manager.
“We understand how important it is that holidaymakers and visitors will be able to enjoy the area in the summer without our construction works.”
During the summer we will continue to work further upstream, above the bridge, at Ringmore Strand to rebuild flood defences in private gardens. There is also a new flood wall being built at Shipwrights’ Slipway.
In September contractor Interserve will be working along Riverside, The Strand and Marine Parade when local road closures and diversions will be signposted.
“We are grateful for the patience and understanding of the local residents as we press on with these important tidal defences. We are currently on target with the scheme which is due for completion in spring 2011,” said Andy.
Parents are asked to remind their children to keep away from the construction sites as they can be dangerous places. The site offices in The Ness will remain open as usual during the summer holiday period.
Once complete the tidal defence scheme will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to 418 homes and businesses in Shaldon and Ringmore.
(from a press release)