Repair work to the storm damaged coast on course for completion thanks to £1m CCF project

The Coast Path’s £1m Coastal Communities Fund project is well underway with 17 projects completed in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset to repair storm damage from 2014.

The South West Coast Path Association is leading this project over the next two years, along with local authority partners at Cornwall Council, Devon County Council, Torbay Council and the National Trust.

Firstly, the project will repair, improve and promote the Coast Path. Half of the allocated funds will help with over 30 urgent repair works to the Path, in addition to a range of projects providing information boards and signage, and events and marketing to promote the Path. This will create and safeguard around 788 jobs from construction, management and tourism generated by the Path.

Projects have been finished at Phillack Dunes, Praa Sands, Venton Cove, Lelant, Marazion, Winnianton, Baulk Head and Kynance Cove in Cornwall, Inkerman Bridge and Mouth Mill in North Devon, Wembury Beach, South Milton Sands, Little Dartmouth, Compass Cove and Westcombe Beach in South Devon, St Mary’s Bay in Torbay and Studland in Dorset.

Pictured above: the completed steps down to the beach at Kynance Cove thanks to work carried out by KPK Builders of Redruth and managed by the National Trust Rangers on the Lizard.

Pictured right: the storm damaged steps at Kynance Cove earlier this year.

At Lelant the footpath crosses sand dunes and follows a man-made cutting through the golf course to the railway bridge, under which the footpath passes. This very popular section of the Path was difficult to negotiate due to the storm having scoured the surface and destroyed the free drainage. Pictured below, this photograph shows part of the improvements leading across the golf course towards St Uny’s Church at Lelant. Cornwall Council commissioned this work from Cormac Solutions Ltd.

Some of the project sites are very remote and many of the early projects were hampered by poor weather making ground conditions too difficult to get the plant and machinery in place, and exceptionally high storm tides meant that the contractors at Kynance Cove had to rescue their scaffolding from the sea, and down tools for a fortnight, until they could return safely.

But the final results are well worth it. This photograph shows the new bridge in place at Westcombe Beach, South Devon. The bridge itself was provided by Devon County Council, and the work carried out by JW Baron Earthworks of Dartmouth.

It is anticipated that most of the other projects will be complete prior to the peak walking season, although several cannot start until the summer to protect special habitats and sensitive environments.

The projects are located along the length of the Coast Path and range in cost from £1,000 to the most expensive project at just over £80,000.

For more information about the location of storm damage repair projects, you can view an interactive map here.

Click on any of the pins to find out the work that we are proposing to carry out thanks to funding from the Coastal Communities Fund and others.

Published on: May 28, 2015