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 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.

Help us by signing our Clean up the Beaches Petition


 Iron pilings in front of sales hut

Council says shuttering must go - CEG's latest application is refused

The remaining sea defences in front of the information/sales hut on Crinnis Beach must be removed, says Cornwall Council.

CBW has been told that an Enforcement Notice has been served by the Council after CEG's latest application to retain the shuttering until 2015 was thrown out.

(Details in Latest News)

CBW has long been calling for this unauthorised structure as well as the rubble and debris caused by the developers to be cleared - and hundreds of people have supported us by signing our petition.

These beaches have been privately owned since forming part of the Carlyon Estate.  Only one was built on with sports facilities - later this became an entertainment venue - the Cornwall Coliseum.

Since being bought by CEG in 2004, the Coliseum has been partly demolished and left to rot.  Popular walking and picnic areas were destroyed.

So now we're left with the resulting debris as well as the remains of the unauthorised "temporary" sea defences.

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

Here's another Facebook page dedicated to restoring the beaches run by John Kirby


Keep out sign and derelict Coliseum

It's hard to believe a Public Right of Way runs past the old Cornwall Coliseum -  CEG shows its attitude to the public

The developers have once again shown their contempt for local opinion by challenging the existence of a Public Right of Way giving public access to the beach.

A Publc Inquiry into the issue began on 10th June 2014 after Cornwall Council confirmed a PROW to the shoreline in January 2013.  

The Inquiry Inspector said he usually produced his report in around six to eight weeks so we await the outcome

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)

As it happens the February storm gave them that excuse - with the beach closed beyond the Right of Way for "safety reasons"
(see photos of the storm) .

For all their claims to welcome the public, they have fought every step of the way against moves to guarantee it.

Meanwhile, a temporary café operated by Sam's (of Flowey, Polkerris and Truro) opened on Crinnis near the Information hut for the school holidays.

(more on Latest News)

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