Cellardyke repair under way

Cellardyke Harbour
Cellardyke Harbour

WORK to repair storm damage at Cellardyke Harbour started this week and it is hoped the programme of repairs will be complete within four weeks.

Local councillors are keen to see the harbour repaired before any more potential storms this coming winter.

Freak weather at the end of 2012 caused noticeable damage to the harbour slabs and coping stones, which had only been put in place 10 years previously during earlier repair work.

The end of the wave wall 
also sustained significant damage when part of it actually broke off during the storms.

At the time, the pier had to be closed to the public while engineers inspected the extent of the damage.

Fife firm Realm Construction, of Lochgelly, will be carrying out the repair work and it is expected that the construction will be completed in around four weeks, owing to the tide times.

Moir Gibson, technician engineer with Fife Council’s Harbours, Flood and Coast department, explained that although there will be certain restrictions in place while the work is being carried out, these will be limited.

“The only restrictions will be the pier itself obviously and the beach , which is being 
utilised for the sorting of the masonry.

“We have also respect- 
fully asked the local residents to not park within the areas at either end of the harbour to 
allow the contractor vehicle access to the pier.”

East Neuk councillor Elizabeth Riches has welcomed the work being carried out before the next big storms are expected.

She said: “The force of the sea never fails to surprise us but I hope this repair lasts longer than 10 years.”

Along the coast, Pittenweem breakwater also sustained severe damage during the winter storms of 2012.

“Repair work is expected to exceed £1m, and councillors are awaiting the results of coring which was carried out to determine the extent of the damage which caused huge cracks to appear and part of the pier to become dislodged.

Cllr Riches said everyone is keen to find out the results and hopefully have the pier, which has been closed since the damage was caused, re-opened in time for the Pittenweem Arts Festival which takes place at the beginning of August.