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Ilfracombe Old Quay Head restoration work begins

Old Quay Head at Ilfracombe Harbour
Image caption The council said the "bulging" wall was now in a dangerous condition and "patching" repairs were no longer an option

Restoration work has begun to save a historic Grade II listed harbour wall which is in danger of collapsing.

The £2m project at Old Quay Head in Ilfracombe is expected to take about six months to complete as work can only be done at low tide.

North Devon Council said the wall, which dates back to the mid-18th Century, was unstable following years of exposure to the elements.

A stone-faced concrete wall will be built against the existing wall.

Flooding risk

Councillor Mike Edmunds said "patching" repairs had been carried out over a number of years, but the "bulging" wall was now in an unstable and dangerous condition.

"The wall has now deteriorated to the extent that temporary repairs are just not suitable any more," he said.

"We have to take this more permanent action to safeguard the wall, the harbour and the immediate community for the future."

Mr Edmunds said without the work, the wall could collapse leading to "significant" flooding.

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