Monday, 12 May 2014

Flood defence steps capture town pride

Functional but sleek, Margate’s flood defence steps have won a Town Pride Award, by chance neatly coinciding with the one year anniversary of the opening of the project.
The Margate Civic Society’s Town Pride Awards are voted for by the public and this accolade was awarded to the team at a ceremony last week (8 May 2014). The council and the Civic Society will now work together to produce a commemorative plaque to be placed in situ.
The revetment steps do not just have a singular role in sea defence but can also be seen as enhancing the local environment, as well as providing vital protection from the risk of flooding. These have been designed with integrated seating and lighting to provide an attractive area to enjoy Margate’s famous coastal views.
Thanet District Council’s Technical Services Manager Mike Humber said: “These steps have now been protecting Margate’s coastline from flooding for a year and it is fantastic for the team to have been recognised at the Town Pride Awards. The project has delivered its engineering objectives and also achieved secondary benefits as shown by the community support demonstrated through this award.’
Thanks to the expertise and efficiency of the council’s team the work on the steps was achieved to a remarkable standard and under budget by £1 million.


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