Damaged sea wall near Chaine Memorial Tower to be ‘left safe for public’

A loose slab and cracks in the side of the sea wall near Chaine Memorial Tower. INLT-37-716-con
A loose slab and cracks in the side of the sea wall near Chaine Memorial Tower. INLT-37-716-con

The council is undertaking urgent repairs around the Chaine Memorial Tower after more damage to the sea wall in that area.

The new damage, consisting of a large broken slab and cracks in the sea wall as well as a a gaping hole, is located at the green beside the tower.

The hole which was visible in the grass verge near the Chaine Memorial Tower last week. INLT-37-724-con

The hole which was visible in the grass verge near the Chaine Memorial Tower last week. INLT-37-724-con

It comes a month after two large “cave-like” holes under the nearby Larne promenade were repaired by the council.

Amateur photographer Brian McCullough was enjoying an afternoon walk last Wednesday when he nearly fell down the large hole.

“Another few feet and I would have been in it,” he said.

“It was two to three feet deep and if I had been down there later I wouldn’t have seen it.

“This area is popular with dog walkers and families and if a child had ran on they could have broken their leg.”

Brian also observed extensive damage to the sea wall itself.

“Sea erosion is consistent and the council should be doing more to keep an eye on this by getting a structural engineer in,” he continued.

“This is a popular area and it’s sad to see it falling into disrepair.”

A council spokesperson said repairs were “75 per cent complete at the moment” and the site would be “left safe for the public.”

“The engineers appointed by the Council are currently addressing both such urgent matters and looking into the longer term needs to include a solution for ongoing seawall problems,” he stated.