Last minute '˜snags' delay opening of North Sea Observatory

The North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards. EMN-181106-085953001The North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards. EMN-181106-085953001
The North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards. EMN-181106-085953001
Works to iron out last minute '˜snags' will need to be carried out before the new North Sea Observatory attraction can be opened to the public, say council officials.

The much-anticipated observatory was originally planned to open to visitors this Friday.

However, some final works still need to be carried out on the new tourist attraction before that can happen.

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The public had been invited to have their first glimpse of the first purpose built marine observatory on the North Sea in a tour of the £2m facilities on Monday.

Its completion has already been delayed in the past with the discovery of wartime sea defences and unexploded cluster bombs at the site at Chapel St Leonards.

A new opening date will be confirmed by the end of this week, say county council officials behind the project.

Coun Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economy and Place, said: “We are extremely disappointed that the opening of the North Sea Observatory will not go ahead as planned.

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“The project has already been hampered by unforeseen circumstances, including the discovery of Second World War bombs and unknown historical sea defences, so this further delay is frustrating.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation, but I can assure you that we will be pulling out all the stops to get this fantastic new attraction open to visitors as soon as we can.”

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