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Due to high Spring Tides on the River Colne, there has been further movement in the damaged section of sheet wall piling, along the Hythe to Rowhedge footpath at Fieldgate Quay.
A small section of the concrete footpath that went between Rowhedge and the Hythe has given way, and the metal piling has moved further into the river. The material behind the footpath has not washed out, as this was cleared as part of the survey work, and has not contributed to the additional movement that has happened in the last few days.
The council continues to work closely with CTruks in relation to their operations. The council’s engineers are undertaking an assessment of the structural integrity of the building, adjacent to the damaged section of piling, as part of the ongoing monitoring. CTrucks have taken the decision to not use the building as a precaution, until the results of the assessment are known.
Councillor Simon Crow, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: “Due to the nature of the full repairs needed, this additional movement of the piling and pathway has not come as a surprise. The damaged area is likely to continue to move until the repair works can start in the autumn.
“I would like to reassure residents and business that we continue to monitor the damage closely to ensure the continued security and safety of the site. We are working closely with the Brightlingsea Harbour Master, who visited the site this week, and confirmed that the metal piling protruding into the river does not pose a risk to navigation.
“We are also continuing to work with CTruck Marine Services to ensure they can continue to operate their business safely adjacent to the site.”
Page last reviewed: 27 August 2021
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