REPAIRS TO PENARTH PIER ARE SET TO TAKE “MONTHS”

Vale of Glamorgan Council workmen bring in sheets of plywood to cover areas where the planking of the pier is being removed to access the beams below.

Vale of Glamorgan Council workmen bring in sheets of plywood to cover areas where the planking of the pier is being removed to access the beams below.

It’s understood that the work to replace some of what the Vale Council describes as “trusses” (actually joists or beams) which support the planking of Penarth Pier will take several weeks – probably months.

It’s now established that the work is being carried out by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s own direct labour force .

Temporary plywood sheets have been laid over areas where the planking has been stripped away

Temporary plywood sheets have been laid over areas where the planking has been stripped away

The problems with the joists originally came to light when some of the planks began to lift up out of alignment  – pushed up by rot which had begun in the joists below .

About 40 faulty beams have been  discovered so far in a painstaking process which involves drilling into the timber of each beam to extract core samples which will show whether or not the beam is rotten.

One by one the diseased beams are being exposed, - and planking and numbered before each faulty joist is replaced

One by one the diseased beams are being exposed, – and planking and numbered before each faulty joist is replaced. Each beam reaches just over half way across the width of the pier .

The top-planking is now to be progressively stripped-off in stages – with each plank being individually numbered so that it can be screwed back in its original place once the affected beam – or beams –  beneath have been removed and replaced.

Once the planks have been removed, the beams are exposed – a number of which appear to be rotten and several of which have already been identified as requiring replacement.

Some beams appear sound - others are obviously not

Some beams appear sound – others are obviously not

The gaps are being covered  over with sheets of plywood to enable workmen replace the  joists from above – without having to venture under the pier.

The current planking on the pier is of Japanese iroko hardwood and locals say it was originally installed between four and six years ago. The beams beneath are said to be softwood.

Parts of the pier boardwalk are now closed to the public - and will be for several weeks

Parts of the pier boardwalk are now closed to the public – and will continue to be for several weeks

Some observers say the Vale of Glamorgan Council should have replaced all the beams when the planks –  on which they rest, were replaced – but that wasn’t done.

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2 Responses to REPAIRS TO PENARTH PIER ARE SET TO TAKE “MONTHS”

  1. Paul says:

    Well thats the fishermen left without a rod or line for a while.
    No fish for tea, mother…

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