Investigation work underway on Grade II Listed harbour walls

11 days ago

Investigation works have begun on the historic walls of Burry Port Harbour ahead of their planned repair during 2019.

In a programme of works over the next three weeks, contractors working for Carmarthenshire County Council will be on site taking in-depth surveys of the structures.

The works will be undertaken through the council as part of the lease agreement with the current leaseholder of the harbour, Burry Port Marina Ltd.

Investigation works will be taking place in and around the outer harbour, east dock and west dock.

Works will include CCTV surveys of the drainage pipes and outfalls into the harbour, surveys for utility services present beneath the ground, excavations behind the harbour walls, plus horizontal and vertical drilling behind the walls.

No vessels will be used in the harbour to undertake these investigations.  All works will be undertaken from behind the harbour walls and with the use of platforms over the top of the walls.  

Although the works have been planned to avoid the busy summer period, the council said it will endeavour to keep disruption to public and harbour users to a minimum.

Visitors are advised that during the investigation works machinery will be working and moving around the harbour and crossing footpaths, and are encouraged to keep a safe distance. 

Ian Jones, Head of Leisure at Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We have committed to repairing the Grade II Listed walls at Burry Port Harbour, and these important investigative works will ensure that we are prepared for the programme of works that will follow.

“We apologise to visitors and users of the harbour for any inconvenience whilst these works are underway, but hope that people will appreciate why it is necessary.”