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Survey will find out if cracks on Boscombe Pier have become worse
AN inspection of cracked piles at Boscombe Pier is currently being carried out, with councillors promised a full report within weeks.
Concerns were expressed about the condition of Boscombe Pier just three years after its £2.4million refurbishment, when hairline cracks appeared on the supporting piles.
Contractors Carillion carried out remedial works on two of the piles last year and a condition survey was promised for this summer to check whether any of the cracks had deteriorated.
But this is only being carried out now – prompting one councillor to question whether the council and contractors are serious about resolving the issue.
Independent Cllr Ron Whittaker said: “This survey has been planned for over a year and I just find it strange that they didn’t do it in June, July or August.
“Instead they seem to have waited until the weather has turned and I just hope that doesn’t cause any problems. Members of the council want to see pictures of the piles to see whether there has been any further damage to them and we want a timetable for any remedial works.
“I just feel sometimes we are being fobbed off.”
A council spokesperson confirmed below water and above water surveys at Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers were underway and said there would be more information by the end of September.
They also said the surveys were dependent and weather and tidal conditions.
The council has stressed that any repair costs would not fall upon the taxpayer but would be borne by Carillion.