Trust steps in to reopen beach
A POPULAR Cornish beach cut off by coastal erosion is being opened up by a town charity.
Steps giving access to the privately owned sands in Looe were declared unsafe and cordoned off after they were undermined by the sea. They were built by Caradon District Council as part of sea defences but Cornwall Council, the successor authority, would not accept responsibility.
The issue was made more complicated because the stretch, beyond Tom Barber's Rock and known as the town's "second beach", is privately owned. Now East Looe Town Trust has taken on the task, with the permission of the owner.
The charity is putting in new metals steps, which should be ready by the spring.
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Trust chairman John Warne said: "If we did not grasp this nettle no-one else would."
Most of £13-14,000 cost will be met by the trust. Contributions are also being made by the town council, West Looe Town Trust, the Looe Old Cornwall Society and councillors Edwina Hannaford and Armand Toms via the Cornwall authority's Community Chest – each member can allocate up to £2,000 from the public fund to assist projects in their ward.
The public can also help by making donations through the trust's office at the Guildhall.