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PHOTOS: Works starts to move storm-battered coast path

PHOTOS: Works starts to move storm-battered coast path

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:15pm 3rd July 2018. (Updated at 3:12pm 3rd July 2018)

Work to move part of the Cornish coast path which was battered by the storms has officially begun.

Pirate FM told you how huge chunks of rock collapsed after huge waves, driven by 80mph gales, battered the Duchy back in January.

Coastguard crews described the affected area between Porthleven and Loe Bar as "treacherous".

Walkers were urged to stay away, as officials warned the area was "extremely unstable".

The National Trust made the decision to close off the stretch of path and is now in the process of finding creating an alternative route instead.

Penrose National Trust posted on Facebook: "As you will know the works to create the new footpath between Porthleven and Loe bar officially start on Monday.

"This will be a very busy few months with a lot of machinery and equipment coming and going.

"For everyone's safety we kindly ask that people stick to the diversion we have in place and not to enter the cliff fields."

A proposal was put forward and a big appeal was launched to try and raise the cash.

Work is now underway and it is expected to take around five weeks to complete.

The next phase of works will then start on the new bridleway which will also take several weeks to finish.

The National Trust's latest blog post reads: "A big thank you to everybody who has supported our donate online fundraising appeal.

"The appeal is currently approaching £1,000 which is really great news, and much appreciated.

"We are very pleased to hear that the planning application for the work has been successful and we now have all the permissions in place to start on the new path.

"Behind the scenes there has been no let-up in work, with specifications and tenders sent out and reviewed, and through more site meetings we have a provisional start date of the 2nd of July.

"Our contractor has estimated that to complete the new coast path section will take approximately 5 weeks from this date, with this section then re-opening.

"The next phase of work on the new bridleway link will start immediately after this, with another estimated time of 4-5 weeks to complete.

"Thank you to everyone for continuing to use the official diversion route and allowing the coastal fields to be grazed safely by our farm tenant’s cattle. Thanks again for all your support so far."

You can check the latest updates here.

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