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Cliff and coast road collapse suffered at Trevone

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

  • TORN AWAY: All that remains of a sea wall which was ripped apart by the sea at Trevone.

  • CLOSED: The beach road was closed after the cliff collapsed.

  • UNDERMINED: The power of the waves brought down the cliff wall and closed the road.

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TREVONE suffered severe storm damage at the weekend when a cliff collapsed, bringing down a coastal road.

The damaged road which leads to Crugmeer and on to Padstow, has been closed and the cost of repairing it is being assessed by Cornwall Council.

Damage was also caused to Trevone's lower car park when a wall was washed away and a stretch of the coastal path was damaged.

Padstow town councillor Ian McKey, who lives in Trevone, said: "There was a lot of damage caused by the storms on both Friday night and Saturday, but the coup de grâce was when the road beside the beach collapsed.

Mr McKey said although the road was not used by too many people, serious consequences could occur if the main road into the village now became blocked.

"The main road into Trevone is currently the only access we have into the village, and if something happened there which caused it to be blocked, then emergency vehicles would not be able to reach people and properties. The only way through would be for them to drive across fields," said Mr McKey.

Fellow town councillor Richard Higman said that the power of the sea astonished villagers who had gathered on Saturday evening to look at the damage caused.

"I've never seen waves like it. Large boulders were being tossed around like marbles.

"Huge lumps of concrete weighing ten tonnes or more were just lifted up and smashed. The state of the beach road is very serious because there is very little holding it up. I think if people even walked down there now it would give way.

Mr Higman said although the police were swift in taping off the road, he was shocked to see a family with three children taking no notice of it.

"A bloke pulled up in his car and his wife got out and lifted up the police tape to drive on through it. It was unbelievable really."

Mr Higman said he had contacted Cornwall Council about the damaged road, pointing out that there was now only one route in and out of Trevone for vehicles.

"Obviously, everyone is hoping the road can be repaired as quickly as possible, but I suspect there is an awful lot of work to be done and the cost could be considerable."

A spokesperson for the council said this week: "Staff from Cormac Structures have visited the site of the collapsed wall this morning to assess the damage.

"Cormac countryside rangers are also on site assessing and making safe the damage to the South West coast path which has also been reported in the Trevone area."

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