Old sluice gates to be installed on walk
TWO 11-tonne sluice gates are set to be installed on Hayle's King George V Memorial Walk this week.
The gates, which used to be operated alongside the town's swing bridge, were uncovered in July 2011 during excavations for the new road at North Quay, and stored at construction company Carillion's compound, but the £16 million infrastructure project is nearly finished and a decision had to be made on what to do with the historic relics.
Councillors had previously rejected a suggestion that the gates should be installed on the walk for health and safety reasons and suggested that they could be reburied to ensure their preservation.
During a heated discussion at a meeting of the town council last week, it was found that reburial would be too expensive.
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However, in a report to the council its health and safety adviser Keith Uren wrote that he could see no reason in principle for the positioning of the 3.5m high by 4.5m wide gates on the walk, provided steps were taken to ensure their stability and to prevent people from trying to climb up or get behind them.
Cornwall councillors for Hayle John Coombe and John Pollard both raised concerns about future health and safety hazards but the council voted by seven to six in favour of placing the gates on the walk.