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Repair work in Newquay expected to take weeks following storms

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

  • HOLE: The storm damage on the road below Walkabout.

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SEAFRONT businesses in Newquay are still licking their wounds after being battered by waves during the recent storms with repair work expected to take weeks.

Beach Road remains closed, causing access problems for delivery drivers and disabled people trying to reach the Blue Reef Aquarium.

Huge waves caused the sea wall to collapse last Friday, leaving a gaping hole in the middle of the road.

Meanwhile, the owners of the Fistral beach complex are waiting for the next round of bad weather to pass before beginning work to fix collapsed decking outside Beach Bar.

Cornwall Council estimated that the storms had caused around £400,000 of damage to Newquay's infrastructure.

Steve Matchett, of Blue Reef, said council contractors had told him it could take around two weeks to repair Beach Road.

"We're still open and it's business as usual for us," he said.

"It's a fairly quiet time of year but we've noticed that a lot of our regular disabled visitors have been unable to get down to the site as there are only stairs. The sooner they get the road fixed the better, as it also affects deliveries. Luckily it's quiet at the moment so it's not so much of an issue."

A council spokesman said: "[Contractors] Cormac are on site now working to first rebuild the wall then backfill the hole. However, tide and weather will inevitably impact the speed of works and it is envisaged they will take up to two weeks to complete."

Nick Briant, managing director of the Fistral beach complex, said the only silver lining was that the Beach Bar had been due to close for a couple of months, so was unaffected, and other businesses at the complex were open as usual.

He said: "We are just waiting for the next round of bad weather to get past us, but we are out there checking every day. We hope to start work within a fortnight and be open again by March 1."

The council has just completed work to place boulders and rocks along the beach in front of the complex to protect it against waves.

Its spokesman added: "A much larger, long-term protection is being worked on now and we will be discussing this with the building's owners once the plans are available."

The total bill for the clean-up and repairs to damage caused by the storm stands at nearly £2 million. For more see page 16.

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