Complaints About Additions To Old Town Sea Walls

There has been some negative reaction to the heightening of the sea defences across Old Town Bay.

Increasing the height of the wall to 16ft above sea level, to cope with predicted storm surges, was required as part of the new school build planning consent.

But one mum told us she felt the addition of the 2 foot high wooden blocks to the concrete wall looked “stupid and out of place”.

The AONB also questioned the effectiveness of the new measures when they were proposed.

Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden told us that the wood, which looks like railways sleepers, will blend in better when it has weathered. He claims it provides a long lasting and sustainable solution.

The wood will be treated to prevent it becoming slippery because it’s thought that youngsters may still risk walking along the wall.

ScillyToday understands that there were concerns whether the concrete wall, which was built in 1968, could have taken the weight of more concrete on top.


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