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Cornwall's Coast Path Wins Share Of £1m Repairs
7:02am 1st August 2014
Cornwall's storm lashed coastpath will get £1m to help with repairs.
The Duchy is getting a share of the money to help with twenty places where there have been things like cliff collapses, from Hayle to Port Isaac.
Repair works to the path, information boards and signage and marketing will create and safeguard around 788 jobs from construction, management and tourism generated by the path across the southwest.
The Trail Partnership Chairman, Alistair Handyside said today: "The South West Coast Path is the region's biggest tourist attraction, attracting around 8.6 million people each year, this project will ensure we are able to repair the storm damaged sections and build resilience by increasing our marketing efforts."
Usually there are 3-5 path diversions a year over the path's 630 miles, due to cliff falls or storm damage. But due to the exceptional weather in the past two years there have been over 50.
The record breaking rainfall of 2012 resulted in a large number of cliff failures, whereas the storm surges of early 2014 caused much of the damage to low-lying infrastructure and shorelines.
There remains a backlog of 32 locations along the path, where damage has yet to be repaired and the estimated cost of rectifying this is £552,340.
Ken Carter, Vice-Chairman of the South West Coast Path Association added: "The Trustees are working hard to build the capacity of the charity, to contribute to the marketing and fundraising effort, to ensure the path is one of the best walks in the world and to protect it for all to enjoy. The SWCPA will sustain and grow this marketing effort by providing opportunities for people, business and funders to show their support for the path. The funding from Coastal Communities will help the SWCPA and the National Trust to also deliver a range of events for people to enjoy our coastal assets."
£100,000 will be spent on improving signage at key coastal locations, including 43 National Trust sites. Bella Crawford, National Trust SW Coastal Engagement Officer, said: "We are excited to be involved in this partnership project and the funding will provide vital and urgent repair work to some of our coastal sites that were badly damaged by last winter's devastating storms. The grant will also help improve information provision at our coastal sites across the South West."
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