Repair work gets under way at North Berwick harbour’s sea defences

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IMPROVEMENT works to sea defences at North Berwick Harbour have begun.

Two storms in three years caused significant damage to buildings, railings, road surfaces, boats and the harbour wall. The work to repair the damage is expected to take two weeks and will involve the repositioning of existing rocks with larger imported rocks built up to the level of the existing sea wall.

It follows a survey commissioned by the North Berwick Harbour Trust Association, using statistical analysis of tide, wave and surge frequency and the impact of severe storms.

Bill Roberts, NBHTA secretary, said: “It is an interim solution but it will be a significant improvement from what we have had until we can get funding.”

Plans to develop the sea wall and north part of the esplanade are expected to cost £650,000. Funding for this project is still being sought.

The designs would include changing rooms for use by sports clubs and a storage area for fishermen.