Fury over ‘unacceptable’ delays to Devil’s Point tidal pool repairs

We were promised that the Firestone Bay Tidal Basin would be repaired within the last two years. Now we are told it will be next year.”

Councilors slammed the ‘completely unacceptable’ news that repairs to a sea basin have again been postponed. Repair plans for the Firestone Bay Tidal Basin have been planned since 2020, but have not yet taken place.

Plymouth City Council’s full council last Monday heard there was still no date for completion of work at Devil’s Point. The news came to light when St Peter and Waterfront Councilor Ian Tuffin asked Conservative cabinet member Mark Shayer for an update.

Cllr Shayer said he would try to expedite the repairs. But the meeting was told the need for reparations would be considered with no time frame promised – but he hoped that would be soon.

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Cllr Tuffin had said: ‘We were promised the Firestone Bay tidal pool would be repaired within the last two years. Now we are told it will be next year.

“The levee is getting closer to breaking, so when will you do the urgent work promised to councillors. It is a resource that people need.

“Can you guarantee that you will continue with this rather than defer it to another year when it is likely to deteriorate and cost this council much more money?”

There are pieces of concrete missing from the seaward side of the tidal pool

In response, Cllr Shayer said: “I will find out when it will be repaired and will move the repairs forward as soon as possible.”

Earlier this year, as Devil’s Point Park got a makeover with funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, the tidal pool was left with chunks crumbling into the sea. There are holes in the walls of the pool and deep cracks that have formed in the concrete. Although the pool water remains clean, there are large chunks missing from the front of the pool wall.

The council had previously agreed to carry out a number of repairs to the pool to benefit tourism at Firestone Bay, but have yet to confirm a completion date.

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