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PHOTOS: Storms leave sand up to windows of Cornish pub

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1:30pm 19th January 2018
(Updated 1:30pm 19th January 2018)

A huge sand bank outside a popular Cornish pub is said to be the 'worst it has ever been'.

Bosses at the Mermaid Inn at Porth, near Newquay, are used to the grit blowing in from the beach after storms - but it is now up to the windows.

And it is all but covering chairs and tables on the decking.

Stephen John Gould

Staff say it has been an ongoing problem but recent storms have swept more in than ever before - with more than 300 tonnes still to be moved.

Manager Kathy Wason said: "Over the last couple of weeks with the storms we've had, we've had a lot of sand blown into our back area where we have our outside seating - and it's no longer there, essentially.

"It's about five foot high now and it's filled a whole area which did hold about 16 tables, which has now disappeared under the expanse of sand.

"This is the worst it has ever been - we only have a two-foot gap out of our backdoor before there is a five-foot bank of sand!"

Local farmers have since been helping the pub to remove as much sand as possible but it's an ongoing job.

And there is so much sand, it can only be done with diggers.

Stephen John Gould

Kathy said: "We did have a lot at the beginning of December, but this amount has come in over the last two weeks.

"Every time we get an area cleared, we come back the next day and it's filled with sand again - so it's an ongoing problem.

"We're going to have to get it done soon but it takes almost a week to get it all done properly."

Stephen John Gould

Kathy says the problem has only started in recently and that it could be down to maintenance of the beach.

She said: "It's only started happening since the council have stopped removing the sand from the beach - they used to maintain the beach and keep it at a flat level.

"We used to have an eight-foot wall on the other side of our beer garden, but that's no longer the case.

"It's now right to the top of the wall with sand, so any time there is any type of wind now, it just literally blows over the wall and straight into our car park and eating area."

And despite the poor weather, she tells Pirate FM people are still keen to sit outside.

She said: "You'd be surprised how many people like to sit outside at this time of year.

"If it's not raining, they'll be sat out there with a nice coffee and their dogs after a walk.

"Obviously we do lose a little bit of revenue, because people love to sit out by the beach in all weathers and watch the views - but right now that's not feasible."

Cornwall Council has been contacted for comment.

Photos: Stephen John Gould

1:30pm 19th January 2018

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