VIDEO: Cafe owners fear building could collapse after Sunday storms
OWNERS of a beach cafe fear the building could collapse after the weekend’s storm left the cracks in the foundations.
Castle Beach Café was battered by powerful waves on Sunday night and Monday morning – ripping off the back door, roof tiles and guttering as well as denting the roller shutters and carrying away two tables.
The storm also smashed glass fittings on the inside the cafe and shut off the power supply, ruining frozen stock.
“The roof tiles and guttering is all superficial, but the cracks along the fascia are worrying,” said Steve Gray, who also runs Tregenna Guest House in Falmouth with his wife Jayne.
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“That is why we haven’t been in as it looks like it could collapse.
“It’s surprising because normally it stands up to the sea. It survived the Christmas storms no problem.”
According to owners, Steve and Jayne Gray, the damage is consistent with it being hit by something heavy, rather than waves alone.
“The last time there was damage like this was in 2005 when a granite block was thrown at it by the sea.
“The sea has picked something up and thrown it at the roller shutters. It’s been whacked with something really heavy.”
As well as the cafe, Sunday’s storm damaged the wall along the ramp down to the beach. Work was completed on repairing the wall last March.
Mr and Mrs Gray were using the granite block which hit the cafe nine years ago as a seat for the cafe.
Last year they donated it to workmen to become part of the wall.
“It would be ironic if the same block hit us again,” said Mr Gray, who is also a Falmouth town councillor .
Mr Gray filmed the waves just after high tide on Monday morning.
“I didn’t even get out of the car. There was debris all over the road.”