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

The 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 so far not one brick has been laid - although they now say they plan to start preliminary works in 2015. 

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)


Wimpey cafe demolished 25/3/2015

Demolition work has started at last on the site  of the old Cornwall Coliseum 

Demolition work on the wrecked buildings on Crinnis beach (the Coliseum and café buildings) has finally begun. 

Notices say that the Public Right of Way down Beach Road to just beyond the Coliseum building will be closed temporarily during working hours from 16th March until 1st June 2015.

The start of demolition 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.

(See Latest News for the Programme of Works)

On 12th February, Cornwall councillors on the Strategic Planning Committee approved CEG's latest planning application relating to the buildings and landscaping of the development.

This removed one of the last obstructions to development starting - apart from a licence from Natural England to deal with bats on the site which has now been granted.

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 move it as part of its building scheme 

Developer CEG has said it will not try to remove 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 was approved by Cornwall Council planners on 12th February, CEG says it would be necessary to "stop up various sections" of the PROW.

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

But during questioning by councillors CEG's Jon Kenny made a verbal commitment to maintain public access to the beaches with a clearly marked sign denoting the Public Right of Way.

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

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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