WORK has begun on a £1.7 million project to stabilise Queen’s Pier, Ramsey.
Contractors from Maryport-based marine engineers MPM North West have been appointed to carry out the scheme.
Tynwald last month voted to approve the £1.758m funding for the stabilisation scheme - despite concerns that at a time of economic downturn the money could be better spent.
Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK told the court the proposed works were necessary to maintain the stability of the pier structure for at least five years, protect it from future significant deterioration and reduce the health and safety risks from sections that could fall on to the beach and into the sea.
The works will see damaged and missing diagonal bracing tie rods and struts replaced, loose or rotten timber decking removed or made secure.
Toll huts close to the entrance and the shelter at the seaward end of the pier will be dismantled and stored, as will cast iron balustrades, lampposts, seating and other metal work of historic value which will be recorded, tagged and secured in shipping containers at Jurby.