Decision details

Urgent works to Lynmouth Esplanade sea wall

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Esplanade wall was built in the 1890s and forms part of the structure of the Esplanade Car Park owned by the Council but managed by Lynton TC under the agency agreement.

The wall has been damaged during the storms earlier in the year which has resulted in a partial collapse at tarmac level within the car park. A recent survey has shown more extensive damage with further cracks and pointing and bedding having been flushed out.

Repairs will include rebuilding elements, stitching cracks and rebidding and repointing stonework. It is feared that without urgent works taking place, further damage will arise.

The deadline for Strategy and Resources committee on the 1st June has passed and the works should be underway during the period of better weather. It is felt that a decision through the urgent decision route is more appropriate.

Officers have obtained 3 quotes which range from £49,208 to £113,913. A capital budget exists for repairs to car parks and it is suggested that funds are drawn from that budget. It is also suggested that the lowest tender of £49,208 is accepted.


That the urgent works outlined below are carried out and that the normal Contract Procedure Rules are waived in order to award the contract as detailed.

That the Capital Programme be amended to reflect the award.

Alternative options considered:

We could decide not to do the repairs but given that this is a sea wall, it is likely that further damage will be caused.

Publication date: 25/06/2020

Date of decision: 27/05/2020