A CONSULTATION has been launched over plans to refurbish Holyhead Breakwater amid concerns it could fail within the next 15 years.

Investigations of the structure have identified a need for a large scale refurbishment of the Breakwater to ensure that it can continue to receive about 70 per cent of all vehicle movement between Ireland and Wales and the North West.

Since its completion in 1873, the Breakwater has been subject to considerable wave action, which has led to the movement and erosion of the rubble mound, that supports the Breakwater wall.

Over the coming years it is anticipated that the level of the mound will become so low that the footing of the vertical walls will be at risk of being undermined.

Stena Line carries out ferry operations between Holyhead and Dublin Port.

Stena Line carries out ferry operations between Holyhead and Dublin Port.

"Investigations of the structure have predicted that the Breakwater could fail within the next 15 years meaning a permanent solution must be found," a Stena Line Ports spokesperson said.

“Our planning application seeks to provide a permanent solution to the constant erosion to the foundations of the breakwater, thereby protecting Holyhead and the all-important tourism industry in Anglesey."

The work, proposed by engineerng contractor Royal HaskoningDHV on behalf of Stena Line, would see the construction of two layers of concrete armour units, weighing 43.5 tonnes each, placed along the breakwater over a width of approximately 40 metres.

Stena Line Ports is asking for the public’s views on the proposed refurbishment as part of its pre-application consultation from June 7 to July 4.

“We invite the local community to get involved in the public consultation by visiting our virtual exhibition or calling the information line," the spokesperson added.

Constructed between 1848 and 1873, Holyhead Breakwater provides an area of sheltered water for the Port of Holyhead and Holyhead New Harbour therefore reducing the impact from coastal erosion and flooding to the surrounding area.

At a length of 2.4km, the breakwater is the longest of its kind in the UK.

Take part in the consultation via the virtual exhibition by clicking here, or provide feedback to the project team by calling 0800 298 7040 or emailing feedback@consultation-online.co.uk.