Sea wall repairs in Lossie may have to wait until next Spring

Station Park during the storm (c) Barry Peach

As the first anniversary of a storm that devastated parts of the Moray Coast approaches residents in Lossiemouth are being told that the repairs to the sea wall at Station Park may not begin until the Spring.

Funding for the repairs is in place and will be discussed on Tuesday by Moray Council’s economic development and infrastructure committee.  Half the £1million costs of repairs in Moray are being met by the Scottish Government and it was expected that work on the project, which has been out to tender, would begin in December – a year after the storm hit.

However, local councillor and chair of the committee, John Cowe, has said that he believes it would be best to postpone the work rather than risk it being undertaken in the winter months.

Councillor Cowe said: “Lossiemouth needs this work to be carried out, that much is certain, but with the bad weather drawing in I would question whether it might be best to wait a while.

“The temporary repairs that have been put in place appear to be safe and December is the time of year when the storm hit – ultimately, however, this is a decision for the whole committee to take on Tuesday.”

A 19-foot section of the sea wall was damaged with rocks strewn over the recreation area at Station Park causing extensive damage and forcing the area to be closed for several months.   The tender for repairs to the wall has been out since June this year.

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