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Clearing up Mother Nature's mess

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

  • The public are advised to stay safe while the clean-up continues.

  • Recovering rocks that have been washed from the promenade.

  • Workmen recover granite rocks that have been washed from the promenade at Penzance during the storms.

  • The clean-up continues, clearing sand from houses at Porthmeor beach, St Ives, which poses hazards to the beach properties.

  • ST IVES 15/01/2013. The clean up goes on, clearing sand from houses at Porthmeor Beach, St Ives.

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THE clear-up operation following the recent storms is continuing and there is still danger for people venturing out on cliff paths around our coastline.

Although little serious damage to property has been recorded, the ferocity of the sea hitting the coastline has meant Cornwall Council has been busy ensuring the public are not at risk.

At Hayle, an urgent warning has been issued asking the public to stay away from large sand cliffs which the storm has created.

A large section of sand has been removed at Gwithian Towans leaving behind a significant drop in the shoreline which Cornwall Council said could collapse at any moment.

A spokesman for the council said: "Children have been seen burrowing into the side of the new 'cliff of sand' at Gwithian – which is extremely dangerous as the sand could fall at any moment.

"Please be careful near the edge where sand has been taken away by storms, and in particular do not sit below or play near a sand cliff."

Howard Lyons, chairman of Save our Sands and town councillor, said sand cliffs often form along the lengths of Hayle Towans following extreme weather.

"There are big bits that have been washed away but I don't think it's abnormal. A lot of the beach is inaccessible because of sand levels at the present time," added Mr Lyons.

High seas have created a similar situation in Marazion.

Cornwall Council said it is currently monitoring the beaches but is urging people to be aware of the dangers.

On Penzance promenade, Cormac workmen have been busy restoring large granite boulders to their rightful place after being dislodged by the power of the waves.

And in St Ives, there has been an operation on Porthmeor beach to reduce the level of the sand which has risen considerably and which poses extra hazards to the properties which adjoin the beach.

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