Boscombe Surf Reef Closed Over Safety Fears

1 April 2011, 11:11 | Updated: 1 April 2011, 11:18

Following a scheduled six monthly inspection of the reef the Council is advising people not to use the reef whilst further work is being completed.

The routine inspection carried out on 23 March shows that substantial changes have altered the profile of the reef structure.  Preliminary inspections suggested that this may alter current flows over the reef and these need to be assessed to guide the remedial works scheduled for 2011 that will improve performance and maintain health and safety.

Tony Williams, Executive Director for Bournemouth Council, commented; “We’re aware that significant changes have altered the structure of the reef and we have commissioned further investigation to be carried out to provide more detail.  Until we know further information we are erring on the side of caution and advising people not to use the reef.

 “We have made ASR aware of the results of the recent survey and have requested details on how they will dovetail with the refinement works scheduled to be carried out this spring.  We have been in discussion with ASR and they have confirmed they will be returning to Bournemouth to do their own assessment soon.

“Given that surfing is an extreme sport and always includes an element of risk, health and safety surrounding the surf reef project has been paramount from the start, from planning stages through construction to completion and this high level of safety continues.”

Nick Behunin, Managing Director of ASR Ltd; said, “We have only recently received the information from the preliminary inspection and we are currently evaluating it. 

“Now that the winter surf season is coming to an end work can begin.”

Mr Williams added; “The Council is optimistic that ASR can address these issues and implement the planned refinement works.”