Repairs to Lion Quay in Rowhedge receive £10,000 boost

Lion Quay in Rowhedge
Image caption Lion Quay is a popular mooring point for boats on the River Colne

Work to repair an unstable quay in an Essex village has taken a step closer.

The Lion Quay in Rowhedge requires urgent restoration, estimated to cost up to £60,000 after it was breached by high tides in November.

Essex County Council has given £10,000 from its Big Society fund to East Donyland Parish Council, which owns and maintains the quay.

Parish councillor Peter Byham feared there could be a "catastrophic failure" to the quay if work did not start soon.

He said a section of the quay, along the River Colne, had been damaged by the unusually high water levels and as a result was being quickly eroded by each turning tide.

Busy quay

Mr Byham said: "It's imperative we get it repaired as soon as possible, otherwise at some time in the not too distant future, there might be a catastrophic failure."

The rest of the money for the work will come from parish council funds and, it is hoped, grants from other agencies.

Mr Byham said he hoped work would be completed within the next couple of months.

He said: "We have quite a lot of traffic up here in the summer because there's a pub adjacent to the quay and people come up the river for lunch.

"We also have overnight stays from people on Thames barges, so it's a busy quay and brings in a bit of income.

"So we must get it in place before the start of the season, which starts in about April."

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