Cornwall Council puts £20,000 towards Padstow path repair
A WELL-USED section of the coastal path in Padstow is to get a major overhaul with the town council providing £20,000 for the project.
The news comes as the South West Coast Path Association said more than £1.45m of public money has been spent or allocated to repair the trail after dozens of landslips and cliff falls, have been revealed.
In the winter of 2012-13, there were more than 30 major falls and slips which was "unprecedented", the South West Coast Path Association said.
Cornwall Council said it had allocated £1.25m to repair or create routes.
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It said flooding had had a "significant impact" on a "key attraction".
The town council in Padstow also received a significant grant from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) to improve a stretch of the South West Coast Path.
It will see the bottom footpath leading up to the War Memorial and a smaller footpath leading down to the beach widened and a new surface laid. This project is one of the 90 due to be completed this year – all part of the South West Coast Path Team's Unlocking our Coastal Heritage project, which has been funded by the RDPE.
Town mayor Charlie Watson-Smyth, said: "These footpaths are used on a regular basis and to see this project now finally come to fruition is great news.
"It was considered that the paths should be widened in order to improve access for all. The main footpath through Stile Field is actually the responsibility of Cornwall Council. However, the town council was keen to make improvements and has pushed ahead, with our own funding, to take this forward, after consulting County Hall.''
The town clerk, Kathy Pemberton, said weather permitting, the work should start on September 16 and last about two weeks.
"We ask that users of Stile Field during this time please bear with us. The support from South West Coast Path team, namely John Slater, in our successful grant application was much appreciated,'' she said.
A permissible footpath will be in place during the period of the work through Stile Field and the smaller path will be improved during times when the ferry is not operating from the beach.
John Slater who has co-ordinated the fundraising programme for the Great South West Walk, said: "It will be really good to see this very popular and extremely well-used section of the coast path being improved so that it is much easier for wheelchair users, those with mobility scooters and families with buggies as well as other walkers to reach the War Memorial with the wonderful views over the Camel Estuary.''