Progress report on pontoon

Plans for a new pontoon to replace the storm-damaged one at Mount Batten are making progress.

The Council is applying to the Marine Management Organisation for a licence to remove the old pontoon at Mount Batten and install a new one in its place.

Plymouth City Council has committed £500, 000 in its capital programme to replace the existing pontoon which needs extensive repair work.

The current pontoon is now 20-years-old and suffered from storm damage as well as constant exposure to the sea.
An options appraisal was carried out last year and it was found that a new slightly smaller pontoon would be more cost effective than continual repairs. The new pontoon will have a 25-year lifespan with minimal repair.

Some temporary repairs were carried out to the existing pontoon earlier this year to extend its lifespan through the summer season with the intention of installing the new pontoon in the Autumn.

The replacement pontoon is currently being built at Baltic Wharf, Totnes.

Councillor Mike Leaves, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “This is an important piece of infrastructure to residents as well as tourists. The waterfront is critically important to the look and feel of Plymouth and we are making huge efforts to improve the waterfront for Mayflower 400.

Earlier this year the Council completed the first phase of a project to extend the life of the buildings on the Hoe Foreshore. It was part of a £1 million capital investment for urgent repairs after surveys identified damage to the bathing houses and sun terraces as well as areas on the paths that needed stabilising and strengthening works.

Phase one included strengthening, conservation and repair of existing the structures and sea walls which were damaged by the winter storms.

The Council, together with the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District (BID), is working to make the waterfront a cleaner, better maintained and more vibrant destination with increased opportunities for local jobs and recreation.

Sarah Gibson, Waterfront Manager and Chief Executive of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said: “We’ve been working with the Council and ferry operators behind the scenes to secure a new pontoon and we’re delighted to see this next investment in the waterfront.

“This follows PWP’s extensive work with ferry operators and the unveiling of the Plymouth Waterlinks promotion last year as we strengthen Plymouth’s water connectivity links. This pontoon is a much-used commuting route between the Barbican and Mount Batten and also serves thousands of people each year as they explore the Waterfront Walkway, the Plymouth section of the South West Coast Path.”