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Burnham-on-Crouch Pontoon - Update

Published on Friday, 17th June 2022

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Please see an update regarding the Burnham-on-Crouch Pontoon.

The Public Ferry landing was installed in 2006 to replace the Burnham on Crouch ‘Town Steps’. This much loved local asset was damaged during Storm Eunice in the first quarter of the year. The Council had already identified the pontoon was in need of replacement prior to the storm and arrangements were due to be put in hand. Various independent safety checks have confirmed the asset has come to end of life and is beyond economic repair.

The Council’s insurers have said that they will not cover the cost to replace the pontoon as it was already in need of replacement, so the Council will investigate options for a suitable replacement to the Pontoon and proactively explore the funding opportunities which maybe enable this project to progress.

In addition to the storm damage, during the recent safety checks, it was also noted that the steps and foundation stone which date back to 1943, are showing signs of structural movement and this has now been raised with the Environment Agency (EA) as the steps are part of the sea wall. We are currently waiting for a response from the EA on a way forward.

A further update will be provided once a suitable solution has been identified and a report will be submitted to Members in due course.