Unsafe corroded flag pole to be taken down tomorrow (Tuesday February 23)

A 12 metre flag pole on Sidmouth’s seafront is being taken down tomorrow (Tuesday 23) as it’s become unsafe due to corrosion. It will be replaced with a new flag pole in the next two to three weeks.

The pole, sited outside the Sidmouth Inshore Rescue Service, has become unsafe and the road outside  the lifeboat station could be closed for up to two hours in the early morning while contractors remove the steel structure. East Devon District Council has been working with the Rescue Service to ensure they can operate as normal while the works take place.

A replacement pole with similar features to the old one and made from materials more suited to a marine environment, will be installed next month and a weather vane, which took pride of place on the old pole, is being restored and replaced on the new pole.

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said that the flagpole was a valued landmark in the town.

He said:

We recognise that the flag pole is an important feature of the seafront and of great value to the local community. Unfortunately, the old flagpole is not in a suitable condition for refurbishment, so we are replacing it with a new pole of similar height.

The replacement will be made of materials which are much more suited to the conditions on the seafront where it will take pride of place, along with the restored weather vane, long into the future.