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Cove's owners seeking help to repair its quay

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

  • Huge waves ripped a large section out of the quay.

  • Waves pound the quay, which was left badly damaged. The Stevensons say they cannot afford repairs.

  • A powerful wave smashed into the quay

  • Lamorna Cove in calmer times

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THE owners of Lamorna Cove have called for public support after its historic quay was left badly damaged by perilous weather conditions.

Large swells and high winds brought huge waves crashing on to Cornwall's coastline over the past week and one was seen to tear a gaping hole in the structure and cause part of it to crumble away.

The quay is grade two listed, and as part of the cove falls under the ownership of Roy Stevenson. His daughter Sally, 27, who undertakes an administrative role for her father, said the family really cared about rebuilding and preserving it, but the bill would be too much to bear alone.

"We want to fix it; we don't want it to fall into the sea," she said. "If anybody has any idea how we can get this funded we would be grateful. We want some positivity; what we're saying is, 'Help us'."

Having lived in Lamorna since she was 9, she said, she didn't want to "see her childhood crumble away", and would be as upset as anyone if repairs were not made. Following similar problems in 2006 a quote to restore the structure came to £1.2 million, and the Stevensons say they are now hoping other people will suggest ways in which its future can be assured.

A Facebook post from the cove's café, run by Mr Stevenson's son Dan, responding to residents who had voiced concern, said the quay was built in 1850 and had a life expectancy of 100 years, and that maintaining it came at a price.

Many locals have taken to the social media website to voice their fears that part of the cove's heritage is under threat.

Melanie Pegg wrote: "Such a shame. It is such a pretty cove to visit, but the sea wall hasn't been maintained in recent years," while Robert Mitchell offered another solution: "The National Trust needs to take it over. A beautiful spot going to rack and ruin."

Cornwall Council has also commented on the situation, as it holds statutory powers given the grade two listing.

In a statement the council said it had not yet got involved: "Neither the council's historic environment service nor its building control team has received a report with concerns about Lamorna quay. However, as it is privately owned, the owner will have a duty of care to make sure the site is safe for members of the public.

"In general terms, when grade two properties are damaged we would hope to work closely with the owner to agree either temporary works or permanent repairs, whichever solution is necessary."

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  • pinkkawa  |  March 18 2014, 5:01PM

    i have over the passed ten year frequently visit this beautiful cove to kayak, fish, walk, have a coffee and show friends from out of county this icon corner of Cornwall. the gradual decay of the harbour wall has been apparant for at least the last 6 years with a significant portion undermined and exposed at low tide. whilst the actions of the sea have been able to continue to erode at this grade 2 listed structure with very little attempt evident from the current owners to maintain it, the saddest aspect of all of this has to be when they (the owners) have done 'something'.....poorly improvised repairs including bent rebars and poured concrete are evident and demonstrate clearly that the owners have no intention of actually spending any money on maintenance. As i stated early 6 YEARS! the wall has been in a need of repair and its current condition is not the result of the recent storms but of neglect. But where has cornwall council been to enforce appropriate repairs to the wall of this grade 2 listed structure rather than let the current monkeys bodge repairs and beg for money and sympathy...CORNWALL COUNCIL SHOULD ENFORCE REPAIRS AND BILL THE OWNERS.

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  • theGMan2014  |  March 18 2014, 3:56PM

    The storms took a few slates off the top of my roof and also damaged a fence panel. anyone fancy chipping in for the repairs? Unbelievable the cheek of some people, charge a fortune for parking (including the fines that blight the place), food, drinks etc - yet now haven't got the money to pay for the repairs on part of THEIR BUSINESS. Stop begging for people to pay for something you own. I suggest hiring a cement mixer, and get grafting between now and the start of the tourist season....oh and while you're there repair all your potholes as well. x

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  • Tony248  |  March 17 2014, 11:36PM

    When will people start learning that private parking companies DO NOT have the power to fine anyone, only Councils and Police can do that. They rely on your ignorance of the Law to browbeat you into paying their absurd charges, by pretending that they have powers akin to Councils (who have to be authorised by the Secretary of State to issue penalties) when in fact all it is, is a massive try-on. Do not pay, tell all your friends not to pay. These companies make a lot of noise but ultimately give up if you show you're not being fooled.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 17 2014, 8:29PM

    We cannot "sell" pieces of our country to outsiders and expect it to be treated with the reverence that we Cornish folk have for it now can we? Vote Mebyon Kernow to repossess our country!

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  • SoSad  |  March 17 2014, 1:53AM

    When the Stevensons, the current custodions of the cove, aquired it they knew that they had certain obligations in regards to the up keep and repair of the cove which is laid down by the council in regards to grade 2 listed buildings. If they are not willing to up hold their obligations of repair then they should gift the cove to the National Trust who have the money and resources to maintain the cove. Using the cove as a cash cow to line their pockets then go cap in hand to the laocals for help in the upkeep which is the owners obligation is beyond contempt. I cant see the locals taking kindly to this and the current owners deserve all they get. As for Sally's post, moaning about how much it cost to run the cove and the estimated cost of repair, if they had carried out the propper due dilligence checks before they purchased the cove then they would have known about the cost of th up keep, asking the locals to now "chip in" is disgusting, the sooner they leave the cove the better.

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  • SoSad  |  March 17 2014, 1:52AM

    When the Stevensons, the current custodions of the cove, aquired it they knew that they had certain obligations in regards to the up keep and repair of the cove which is laid down by the council in regards to grade 2 listed buildings. If they are not willing to up hold their obligations of repair then they should gift the cove to the National Trust who have the money and resources to maintain the cove. Using the cove as a cash cow to line their pockets then go cap in hand to the laocals for help in the upkeep which is the owners obligation is beyond contempt. I cant see the locals taking kindly to this and the current owners deserve all they get. As for Sally's post, moaning about how much it cost to run the cove and the estimated cost of repair, if they had carried out the propper due dilligence checks before they purchased the cove then they would have known about the cost of th up keep, asking the locals to now "chip in" is disgusting, the sooner they leave the cove the better.

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  • pzdude  |  February 06 2014, 9:46PM

    They should use some of the parking fine money which they rake in from unsuspecting customers for minor infractions. No way should they receive anything from the public purse.

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  • danpih  |  January 17 2014, 1:39AM

    zero sympathy for the owners. they've consistently demonstrated utter contempt for their visitors. full sympathy for the cove.

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  • Olundy  |  January 13 2014, 10:52AM

    This is similar to what happened at Hastings Pier, which is also Grade II listed. Its owners failed to honour their repairing obligations, and the council stepped in to CPO after some celebs got involved in setting p a preservation trust.

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  • Olundy  |  January 13 2014, 10:43AM

    The circumstances seem similar to what happened at Hastings Pier, which is also Grade II listed. Its private owners failed to honour their repairing obligations, as a consequence of which Hastings Borough Council stepped in to CPO as the only way of saving it. http://tinyurl.com/nwpc8a6

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