George to press Government for assistance in reinstating coastal defences

Posted on: 24th February 2014

West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, will step up his efforts to seek Government assistance in the mammoth job to be undertaken by Cornwall Council to reinstate coastal defences.

As well as visiting sites which have been affected by the recent storms to survey the damage (at Porthleven, Penzance, Newlyn, Coverack, Lamorna, Mullion and other places) Mr George revisited Coverack on Saturday 22nd February to meet the Parish Council and local residents after holding a casework surgery in St Keverne during the morning.

Mr George met Parish Council Chairman, Cllr Roger Coombe, Cllr Robert Beadle, Cllr Sarah Lyne and Parish Clerk, Grace Hatton. He also met the village shopkeeper, Angie Richards of “Brenda’s”, hoteliers Rick and Janet House of the Bay Hotel and other proprietors and residents.

Mr George said: “Coverack is now split in two – as far as vehicular access is concerned – and this will have an impact on the ability of emergency services to get to properties at the south of the village. It is important that Cornwall Council is given all the necessary assistance in reinstating and strengthening the sea wall at Coverack.”

Mr George has already made representations to Cornwall Council, the Environment Agency and the utility providers (BT, South West Water, Western Power) and will raise issues with Natural England and the Environment Agency with regard to some of the challenges which Cornwall Council faces in meeting the regulations on that site.



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