Restore public access to Castle Cove beach
  • Petitioning Weymouth and Portland borough Council

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Weymouth and Portland borough Council

Restore public access to Castle Cove beach

    1. Petition by

      Clare Sutton

      Weymouth, United Kingdom

Local people have been enjoying Castle Cove beach for decades. But following a landslip and the removal of the steps, there has been no footpath access to the beach for over a year. Surely it’s time now to get our beach back?


While we know Weymouth and Portland Borough Council doesn’t have the money to undertake massive physical works, we are concerned that local councillors don’t seem to be interested in this issue. Surely, our council should be working closely with local landowners and businesses to find a solution?

To:
Weymouth and Portland borough Council
Restore public access to Castle Cove beach

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. BIG PICNIC, BEACH CLEAN AND SANDCASTLE COMPETITION Castle Cove Beach, Sunda

      Clare Sutton
      Petition Organizer

      Following the very successful public meeting on 14th July, local residents have now formed a 'Friends of Castle Cove' group. The steering group is exploring a number of avenues to try and get access to the beach restored and is organising an event on Sunday 31st August (see below) to celebrate our lovely beach. If you live in Dorset, please do join us if you can!

      BIG PICNIC, BEACH CLEAN AND SANDCASTLE COMPETITION
      Castle Cove Beach, Sunday 31 August from 1pm (absolute low tide in at 2.30pm so we'll be able to get there and back ok!)

      Featuring Weymouth's very own internationally renowned Sand Sculptor Mark Anderson! Mark will be doing a demonstration sculpture and judging the sandcastle competition.

      The forecast is sunny and dry ….please walk to the beach - the sailing club has a big event on so any parking is going to be nil nearby.

      Access is around the headland (at low tide) from Sandsfoot Beach. DO NOT USE THE PATH FROM OLD CASTLE ROAD, which is currently closed to the public.

      Don't forget your picnic, bucket and spade, and gloves/litter pickers if you have them...

      For further details contact Clare Sutton on clare.sutton@zen.co.uk

      If you would like to receive more regular email updates on our campaign, please contact Steve Elsworth on steveelsworth@me.com
      Also, why not join our 'Friends of Castle Cove' Facebook group? A great place to post pictures of the beach amongst other things...

      Many thanks all

      Clare Sutton
      on behalf of the Friends of Castle Cove

    2. Castle Cove Meeting Mon 14 July 7pm St Nicholas Church Hall, Buxton Road

      Clare Sutton
      Petition Organizer

      Apologies for the late notice for this public meeting to be held Monday 14 July 7pm St Nicholas Church Hall, Buxton Road. People living locally in Weymouth should have already had something through the door, but this is an invitation to all those who have signed the petition online (over a thousand people).

      The aim of the meeting is to establish what courses of action we feel still can and should be taken to try and restore public access to Castle Cove beach, and whether there are people willing to take these forward, as part of a sort of 'working group'. I will be chairing the meeting.

      Background:
      At the Full Council meeting on 5 June, councillors discussed my petition which asked the Borough Council ‘to work with Dorset County Council, local businesses, local landowners and the local community to re-establish public access to Castle Cove Beach’. I was allowed to speak for 3 minutes and argued that it would cost them virtually nothing to:

      • Look again at the stability of the top half of the path, which the County Council’s Senior Ranger says is stable
      • Assess a plan for new steps costed at just £7,000-£8000 and
      • Talk again to the owners of the private slipway in light of the clear strength of public feeling

      None of the councillors responded directly to any of these points but half voted for the ‘Take no further action’ option - i.e., just give up on our beach. All the others abstained, with one honourable exception, Paul Kimber, who voted against this.

      I am very disappointed, as I honestly thought they would get all the interested parties together to see if we can, together, find a cost-effective solution.

      Several of the councillors will be at the meeting on Monday, so hopefully it will also provide an opportunity to persuade them to think again.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Sylvia Lee SHAFTESBURY, DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 days ago

      So many happy Memories of childhood spent on Sandsfoot/Castle Cove beach as that was our local beach.

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    • Evelyn Ferooz DINANT, BELGIUM
      • 9 days ago

      This lovely place MUST remain accessible to everybody

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    • Mary Glover WEYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 days ago

      I'm signing because my family have been using the beach for 60 years and we miss it.

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    • Barbara Jarratt DORCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 17 days ago

      We had many happy days on the beach as a family with my two boys who loved to swim there. A great quiet local place- and a lifesaver for a young family with little spare cash. I remember enjoying big mugs of tea from the cafe there. Really shocked to discover people can no longer access it- a big loss to the community.

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    • Jan Tattersall WEYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      A local resident

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