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Burnham-on-Crouch Pontoon - Statement

Published on Friday, 5th August 2022

The Leader of Maldon District Council has issued a statement regarding Burnham-on-Crouch pontoon.

Cllr Penny Channer, Leader of Maldon District Council said; “The Council will be removing the damaged pontoon in Burnham-on-Crouch in the next few days.

“Sadly, due to the damage caused by storm Eunice in February 2022, the Town Steps which are maintained by the Environment Agency, have shown signs of movement requiring further investigation and the pontoon suffered extensive damage that is beyond repair.

“Despite clear safety notices and fencing in place, advising that the pontoon was unsafe, attempts to remove the signage and fences during the recent warm weather have taken place, and as we do not want to see a serious accident occur, we will be removing the pontoon.

“Funding from Government is being sought to cover much of the cost of the replacement via an application from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the outcome of this will not be announced until the autumn.

“Once the funding has been fully committed and the Environment Agency have completed the repairs to the Town Steps, we can progress with the necessary Marine Licences from the Marine Management Organisation and begin the project to install a new pontoon.

“It is disappointing that there are no quick ways to replace the pontoon, but I want to be realistic; external funding does take time, but if successful we hope to have a much improved facility and one which will once again benefit the whole community.

“The Council could not have done anything to prevent the extensive damage caused by Storm Eunice, but we must make take steps to make the area safe to ensure no one is injured or worse.

“We will keep the community updated once we have heard more about the outcome from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.”

 

Notes to Editors:

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus