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News Archive > General > Newquay braced for fresh storm

Newquay braced for fresh storm

By Alban Macleod 13th February 2020

Newquay braced for fresh storm
Huge waves batter Newquay´s Towan Promenade during Storm Ciara

NEWQUAY is bracing itself for more bad weather just days after Storm Ciara and high spring tides wreaked havoc at Towan Promenade.

Powerful waves dislodged stonework and washed away backfill behind the concrete wall, leaving a gaping hole in the promenade. 

A small section of the stone wall along Beach Road also collapsed during the storm, which has been fenced off. The wall will be rebuilt once the stability of the land has been assessed. The road is still open along a single carriageway.

Wes Roux, who is the leaseholder at Towan Beach, is calling on people to avoid the area – a warning that will be repeated this weekend as Storm Dennis sweeps in, bringing further strong winds and heavy rain.

Speaking on Tuesday, Newquay Central Cornwall councillor, Geoff Brown, said: “Officers are looking into the promenade damage, which was possibly created by debris being thrown in the waves. Repairs will be effected where they are required to minimise long-term damage. There has also been a small collapse of part of a stone wall in Beach Road which was quickly fenced off but has not closed the road, just limited it to single carriageway for a section. Work is now underway to assess the stability of the land and the wall will be rebuilt once design work is complete. It is anticipated that repair works will commence in mid March.

Cornwall Council, which owns the promenade, will be monitoring the weekend's impact of Storm Dennis before assessing what works need to be undertaken.

See this week's Newquay Voice for a full report and pictures about the impact of Storm Ciara – and next week's Voice to see how Newquay fared in the face of Storm Dennis.

By Alban Macleod 13th February 2020

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