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Burst sewer affects Whitehaven harbour

The burst pipe has caused some damage to the road Credit: Creative Commons

Visitors to Whitehaven harbour are being warned to expect some disruption after a sewer burst on West Strand yesterday evening.

The burst caused some damage to the road and has resulted in temporary access arrangements at the West Strand Marina and car park, Old New Quay car park and The Beacon Museum.

Initial repair work in the early hours of Friday 21 July revealed that the pipe, which normally carries wastewater from the local pumping station up to Whitehaven treatment works, is covered in concrete.

United Utilities say they took the decision to stop work at 3am and continue this morning:

We’ll continue to liaise with Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners and Copeland Council to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and minimise any disruption in the harbour area over the weekend.”

– Andrew Kendall, Area Business Manager, United Utilities


Repair works due to take several weeks

The Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners’ have worked for many years with the Environment Agency in order to protect the town from inundation from the sea within the harbour. Harbour Commissioners’ are delighted with the support and the speed at which the Environment Agency have provided the funding and the technical support. Works are due to start week commencing 3rd March and will be scheduled to finish late March early April."

– Celia MacKenzie, Whitehaven Harbours Commissioner

£324,000 funding secured for repair work

Copeland Borough Council, the Environment Agency and the Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners have secured £324,000 to repair storm damage to flood defences at Whitehaven Harbour.

On Thursday 5 December a severe storm coupled with one of the highest spring tides of the year caused unprecedented structural damage to the harbour and in particular to the Old Quay, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Repairs to the structure are urgent as additional storms would create further damage to an already weakened structure, compromising the towns flood defence system.

“The money was secured from the £130 million emergency funding announced by the Government to aid the flood relief effort and repair damaged flood defences.”

– Craig Cowperthwaite, Environment Agency

£300,000 secured for harbour repairs

Work is under way to repair damage to Whitehaven Harbour.

The Environment Agency, Copeland Borough Council and the Whitehaven Harbour Commission has secured more than £300,000 for repairs.

Work is under way to repair damage to Whitehaven Harbour Credit: ITV News Border

Damaged stonework will be replaced and the structure strengthened to protect against future bad weather.

Maintenance work is also being carried out on the lock gates Credit: ITV News Border

Maintenance work is also being carried out on the lock gates.