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Dartmouth slipway in worse condition than first thought

Dartmouth’s crumbling public slipway adjacent to the higher ferry, has been getting worse – even though repair work started last week.
Over the bank holiday weekend the slipway was hit by spring tides which left even more damage in their wake.
Now the June 1 deadline when the repair work was due to be completed has had to be extended another week.
A spokesman for South Hams Council said: ‘Over the bank holiday weekend, the public slipway condition worsened due to the action of the spring tides.
‘As a result further loss of structural integrity has occurred around two thirds of the way down its length.
‘This has resulted in a larger repair than originally anticipated and the repair project will now run to the end of next week.’

The slipway was closed a fortnight ago after it was declared too dangerous to use as holes appeared in its surface.
Work began on repairing the slipway on Wednesday last.

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