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Last year's progress washed away

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

  • 11th Feb 2014 Mousehole hole in car park. PZPM20140211D-002_C.JPG

  • Mousehole gates beaten by the weather.

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HARBOURMASTER Edwin Madron is philosophical about the widespread damage inflicted by the storms in Mousehole.

The harbour entrance has lost 3 of the 16 large baulks which guard it – a number that could possibly be more as the current neap tides are preventing an inspection of the lower baulks.

A new lifting derrick has been damaged; at the toilets, whose upkeep was only recently taken on by the harbour commissioners, two windows have been smashed and fibreglass roofing damaged and a hole has been ripped out of the surface of the car park.

In addition, much of the harbour's sandy beach has been washed away by the surging tides.

Mr Madron said that no remedial work had started as yet.

"There's more weather coming through so there's no point but we will need diggers and cranes to repair everything," he said.

"It's not good news as everything we managed to do last year has now been washed away in just a couple of days.

"But when you look at what has happened in places like Padstow, Porthleven and Newquay, and when you think of the poor people who have seen their homes flooded, there's not much you can say."

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