sailing club pontoons get a £25,000 upgrade
Sailing Club's pontoons are getting a £25,000 overhaul this
winter as part of a modernisation project.
pontoons were initially built 17 years ago in the River Brue estuary,
at the mouth of the River Parrett, and have been heavily used ever
since, with 25 berths in place for yachts and boats.
fabric of the pontoons structure has been starting to fail and the
decking is becoming dangerous, so a full project has begun to replace
the facilities," the club's Andy Walker told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
in 1999 when the pontoons were built, we knew their lifespan would
be about 20 years so we factored in the cost of an upgrade into
our members' fees over that time and we can now go ahead with the
work without new funding."
became particularly aware last winter that the job was needed -
the slippery wooden boards of the pontoons are now being replaced
with a non-slip micro mesh surface and the old pontoons are being
whole project will be continuing for some time - it could be several
years - and will be tackled in gradual phases to minimise disruption
added that there are no plans to increase the size of the pontoons
at this time.
would love to extend the pontoons but the geography of the river
simply does not allow it - we can't go further up or down the estuary
due to the strong tides and shape of the river."