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Repairs to Teignmouth sea wall completed

A hole in the sea wall in Teigmouth has been repaired Credit: ITV News

Three months after winter storms caused a gaping hole to open up beneath a section of the promenade along the sea wall in Teignmouth repairs have been completed.

The area around the sea wall has re-opened to the public.

The sea wall, promenade and beach area are popular public spaces as well as providing coastal flood protection to Teignmouth.

The Environment Agency worked with Teignbridge District Council and contractors Team Van Oord to repair the sea wall and secure it for the future.

During the work a granite ‘obelisk’ – thought to be a marker stone dating back to 1874 – was discovered on the beach. The stone was recovered the local authority hope the obelisk can be reinstated in its rightful place near the lighthouse.

Conditions during the repair work were challenging, with continued storms, bad weather, and access for machinery only possible on the low tides around spring tides.

Environment Agency staff were only able to work on the beach for a few hours at a time for a few days at a time, and often had to work during the night.

Despite these challenges we worked with Team Van Oord to complete the repairs quickly. The voids have been filled beneath the promenade, slipway and car park.

We have repaired the limestone masonry sea wall and installed steel sheet piling at the base of the wall to stabilise it.

– Thom Buxton-Smith, Environment Agency
Teignmouth sea wall repairs have been completed Credit: ITV News