Debris and ruined buildings at Carlyon Bay


 Carlyon Bay before 2004

 Carlyon Bay before the destruction began in 2004 - it's now littered with debris and unwelcoming fencing

These three beaches which make up Carlyon Bay are earmarked to be buried under concrete by  Commercial Estates Group - a developer who wants to build more than 500 apartments and houses, as well as retail space and a hotel. 

Planning permission was granted in 2011 but not one brick has been laid and they admit that they have no immediate plans to begin the work. 

Meanwhile they have ruined these beaches by destroying the natural habitat which grew up over more than a century and which was enjoyed by generations of local people and visitors.

Carlyon Bay Watch exists to raise awareness of the destruction of St Austell's once family-friendly beach, to highlight the threat to public access and to campaign for any development to be safe, in scale and sympathetic to the coastal landscape of south Cornwall.

(You can see the annual Directors' Report on the About Us page)

We're also trying to put pressure on CEG to clear up the mess they've made so that people can at least enjoy the beaches until building starts.


The wrecked site of the Coliseum

CEG says demolition work might start on the Coliseum site in the spring of 2015. 

Demolition work on the wrecked buildings on Crinnis beach (the Coliseum and café buildings) might start in February 2015.   

This can only be welcome news for those who have long been calling for the destruction CEG has caused on the beaches to be cleaned up.

But it's emerged that CEG might ask Cornwall Council for a £15 million loan to start the work.

(More on the Latest News page)

This is a company which always claimed this would be a world-class resort for Cornwall financed solely by private investment.

What is more, this public money (if it is forthcoming) would be going towards clearing up a mess entirely of CEG's making.

Why should taxpayers' cash be used to boost the profits of a private company?

A local resident tells us she is "outraged by the idea that the developer is seeking loans from Cornwall Council"

(see her comment on the Your Views page)

The beaches (once part of the Carlyon Estate) were bought by CEG in 2004.

Only Crinnis was built on - the original sports facilities later became the Cornwall Coliseum.

CEG removed the roof from the Coliseum and left it to rot. They also destroyed popular walking and picnic areas on Shorthorn and Polgaver.

Have a look at a spoof blog with a tongue-in-cheek view of the future of the beaches


Public Right of WayA Public Right of Way runs past the old Coliseum -  but CEG wants to remove it as part of its building scheme 

A new threat has emerged to the Public Right of Way (PROW) down to Crinnis which was won after years of campaigning by local residents.

In its latest Planning Application, which might go before Cornwall Council planners in February, CEG says it would be necessary to "stop up various sections" of the PROW.

Carlyon Parish Council has already expressed its concern over the loss the route - which is the only way the public has guaranteed access to Crinnis.  (See the Latest News page)

In November footpath campaigners and Cornwall Council lost their bid to have the PROW extended to the foreshore.

Cornwall Council had "found" (in January 2013) that the existing PROW to a point beyond the old Coliseum building should be extended to the shoreline. 

But that decision was challenged by CEG resulting in a Public Inquiry held in June 2014.

The Inquiry Inspector decided that he could not confirm the extension of the PROW across the beach to the shoreline.  

The issue is important because if there is no right in law for the public to walk down to the beach then it will only be with the developers' permission - which they can withdraw at any time for any reason.

(More details on the Public Access page)

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