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Storm-hit landmarks repaired in time for Easter

14:33 17 April 2014

Workmen  started to demolish the wall above cliff walk in Connaught Gardens in early March Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shs 2489-10-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24

Workmen started to demolish the wall above cliff walk in Connaught Gardens in early March Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shs 2489-10-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24


A STORM-HIT Sidmouth landmark and path were yesterday back in action for Easter – but another popular attraction will remain off-limits for now.

Alma Walkway has been repairedAlma Walkway has been repaired

District council teams and contractors have been hard at work in a bid to get repairs to the Alma Walkway and Jacob’s Ladder completed in time for the holiday. However, the viewing area at Connaught Gardens will remain shut until next month, writes Stefan Gordon.

The Alma Walkway was reopened this week with new fencing rails in place.

Repair work has also been completed to the concrete apron below Jacob’s Ladder. The stairway itself had been closed due to structural damage to the woodwork. A metal brace was fitted on Wednesday and so it would be open yesterday (Thursday).

A weakened wall has had to be demolished for safety reasons at Connaught Gardens – leaving the popular viewing area shut.

Temporary fencing has been put up, but the contractor is still waiting for vital parts to be delivered before the area can be made secure enough for public access.

It is now expected that this work will be completed early in May.

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