Sea Defence Works Updates

Update: 12/09/2022

Call to remove items from slipway at Porthmellon.

As we recently announced the works being undertaken as part of the Climate Adaptation Scilly project have commenced on St Mary's. Rock deliveries are continuing into Porthloo with construction in the area beginning shortly. Rock deliveries will then commence into Porthmellon at the beginning of October, we will need the community to help us keep these areas clear. 

Removal of items from Porthmellon

All lightweight vessels, such as dinghies and kayaks, and trailers currently being stored on the west side of the access slipway on Porthmellon will need to be removed as soon as possible to enable the deliveries to take place. The Harbour Master will be contacting owners and applying notices to vessels in the area.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Update: 25/08/2022

We are very pleased to announce that rock deliveries began at Porthloo at the beginning of this week. The work to build up the volume of rock at Porthcressa will continue throughout September with rock being delivered via landing craft and kept at the north end of the beach. Once complete, rock deliveries will then begin at Porthmellon towards the beginning of October 2022. 

It is nice to see so many people taking an interest and watching the rocks being delivered to the beach, it is quite a spectacle! However, please be safe, watch from a sensible distance and be aware of any advisory signs at the site.

Update: 9/08/2022

Further deliveries are now expected at Porthloo and Porthmellon and we need the community to help us keep these areas clear. 

We'll be putting up signs relating to the works and contacting local businesses which may be affected in the coming days.

The next phase of deliveries have now been confirmed for the following dates:

19 August 2022

The first rock delivery will arrive on a landing craft at Porthloo Beach, St Mary’s .

Early September 2022

Rock will be delivered via landing craft to the east side of Porthmellon Beach, St Mary’s. The rock will then be transported to the south-west corner of the beach.

Removal of Items from Porthmellon

All lightweight vessels, such as dinghies and kayaks, currently being stored on the west side of the access slipway on Porthmellon will need to be removed before 5 September 2022 to enable the deliveries to take place.

Update: 3/08/2022

We are pleased to confirm that the first of the Climate Adaptation Scilly coastal protection works will commence this evening with the delivery of equipment via landing craft at Porthloo, St Mary's;

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

20:00 - a 30 tonne digger and a 6 tonne dumper will be offloaded at Porthloo beach, St Mary's

Thursday, 4 August 2022

21:00 - a 15 tonne digger and a 9 tonne dumper will be offloaded at Porthloo beach, St Mary's

The equipment will be stored on Porthloo boatyard for an interim period until access is made available to the laydown site. The laydown site for the duration of the works will be at the corner field adjacent to Porthloo Terrace.

If you have any questions about the project, you can email us at adaptivescilly@scilly.gov.uk.