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.

Help us by signing our Clean up the Beaches Petition


 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 there will also be many who mourn the disappearance of the Cornwall Coliseum which was a popular entertainment venue in the 1970s and 80s. 

John Kirby's Facebook page is dedicated to restoring the beaches

But CEG haven't indicated what they will do about the unauthorised sea defences at the western end of Crinnis. 

Cornwall Council served them with an Enforcement Notice in July ordering the removal of the shuttering and rock armour in front of the Information Hut by the autumn of 2015.

Details in Latest News)

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 Cornwall Coliseum -  but CEG doesn't want you to have access to the beach.

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 but there seems to have been a long delay.  We understand it's because of evidence being submitted which didn't emerge at the inquiry - so we still 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)

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 summer holidays.

(more on Latest News)

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