A PATHWAY along a beach in Looe, which was closed after being eroded by the sea, has reopened thanks to a £16,500 grant.
The new steps from the seafront down to Looe's second beach were officially opened by Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall on Saturday.
The East Looe Town Trust funded the new path and donations of £6,500 were given by the community funds of councillors Edwina Hannaford and Armand Toms, Looe Town Council, West Looe Town Trust, Co-operative Community Membership Fund, and Looe Old Cornwall Society.
In the interests of safety the trust closed the eroded path for public access and asked Cornwall Council to replace the steps but it was unable to help.
Trust chairman John Warne said: "While the trust was disappointed Cornwall Council would not replace the steps we recognised how important the traditional access to second beach was.
"Having decided to go ahead with the project, we were very pleased with donations we received towards it.
He added: "The new steps are safety compliant to modern standards and local people seem to like them.
"Public concern was being expressed about the denial of long-established access to the second beach, a very popular location for youngsters rock-pooling and a regular walk for adults, especially dog-walkers – given dogs are not allowed on the main beach."
Previously, there were concrete steps linking the eastern edge of the main beach owned by the trust to the privately owned second beach, through what is known locally as the Khyber pass.
These had been installed some years ago by Caradon District Council but over time became eroded by the sea and last year an engineer warned of the danger of a catastrophic collapse.
Mrs Murray cut the ribbon and said: "I would like to thank John Warne and all on the East Looe Town Trust for keeping this important access available for beach-users when Cornwall Council refused to fund it.
"I would also like to thank all those who contributed to the steps both financially and through the giving of their time."