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Bad weather hampers pathway work

Devil's Hole, Jersey
It was originally hoped the work would be complete by the end of 2009

Bad weather has delayed refurbishment work near a blowhole in the cliffs on the north coast of Jersey.

Wooden sleeper steps are being put in to replace the old tarmac pathway at Devil's Hole.

Work began in the summer when a group from the Territorial Army removed the old block work, walls and surface.

A viewing platform has been built, but rain means the remainder of the project is not likely to be finished until the end of January.

A team from the National Trust for Jersey is replacing the pathway to the platform.

More than 90 new wooden sleepers are being installed.

It was hoped the site would be complete by the end of the year.

Jon Horn, the National Trust for Jersey's lands manager, said: "It looked very tired and neglected and it's a popular tourist area.

"We're trying to return it back to something which is much more in keeping with the area.

Devil's Hole, Jersey
Devil's Hole is a popular area with tourists

"It's slow going. With the rain we've had the concrete was just getting washed away.

"By Christmas they should have finished this section, and then in the New Year we should have finished the entire thing."

The trust expects the entire stretch of land in St Mary to be refurbished by the end of January.

Mr Horn said: "People will be able to go down there and appreciate what is a truly wonderful attraction.

"You can look in the hole and learn about the history. We'll be putting interpretation panels up."



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