WALTON WHARF UPDATES
Sept 10th, 2012
As of Friday, September 7th, the demolition of the Walton Wharf has been complete. There will be 3 additional days of work on site to clean up remaining debris and to build up areas impacted by heavy equipment traffic.
Sept 4th, 2012
Here is the latest update on the demolition of Walton Wharf:
- 7 of 9 piers have come down after week 1
- The last 2 piers will come down in week 2
- Week 2 will also have 2-3 days of redistribution of the ballast rocks along with a site clean up
Aug 28th, 2012
August 23rd, 2012
Demolition of Walton Wharf will begin on Monday, August 27th. Due to the tidal schedule, the majority of the work next week will be done in the afternoon. The work will be done by East Hants’ based contractor “Hilchie’s”.
August 15th, 2012
On the evening of August 9th, 2012 the Municipality lost an important historical asset to fire. When fire departments responded to the alarm they found the Walton Wharf fully engulfed in flames. The fire did extensive damage to the wharf burning a significant amount of the creosote timbers. As well, the high temperatures caused by the burning creosote created additional heat damage to the wharf structure.
A full investigation into the cause of the fire was carried out on Friday, August 10th, 2012 by the RCMP and Provincial Fire Inspector. The actual cause of the fire not yet known.
As a result of the significant heat and fire damage, the structural integrity of the wharf has been compromised. This poses a serious safety hazard to anyone going near it. As well, the impact of loose debris from the wharf on the surrounding environment is also a concern. Regrettably, it is for these reasons that what remains of the wharf will have to be demolished.
Working in consultation with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Municipality will begin immediately to clear the debris and restore the shore to a natural setting. Further updates on the progress of the work to be done will be posted to the Municipality’s website as information becomes available.
If you have any questions about the demolition of the Walton Wharf, please do not hesitate to contact Councillor Wayne Greene at 369-2629 or Jesse Hulsman, Director of Operational Services at 758-2299.