Climate Adaptation Scilly works update: call to remove items from Porth Hellick

[Update 12 June 2023: funding information updated]

We are now at the stage of our Climate Adaptation Scilly project when works at Porth Hellick can begin. This will involve repairing and rebuilding the dunes, as well as the installation of a boardwalk to provide easy access for the public and to protect the dunes from further erosion. These repairs are necessary to reduce the risk of sea water affecting Porth Hellick Pool and St Mary’s water supply. You can read more about the reasons for these works on our Porth Hellick sea defence proposals webpage.

To enable us to carry out these works and to ensure that the dunes are protected following the completion of the repairs, we need anyone storing equipment such as dinghies, kayaks or trailers anywhere across the top of Porth Hellick beach and around the shed and slipway area to remove them before Monday, 28 November 2022.

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

Further information 
You can refer to our 'Sea defence works updates' webpage at any time for the latest updates on the scheduled works. If you have any questions about the project, please email

Thank you for your cooperation.

Image of Porth Hellick beach and surrounding dunes with areas for proposed Climate Adaptation works circled


Funding Information

Climate Adaptation Scilly is a comprehensive package of climate change adaptation measures funded by the Environment Agency and the European Union intended to reduce the impact of the physical impacts of climate change on one of the most vulnerable parts of the United Kingdom. The key risks from sea level rise and reducing rainfall are being managed through coastal defence works against coastal flooding and erosion, and through installation of rainwater harvesting systems for businesses. A community strategy (the Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan) is being developed to help the islands adapt to ongoing changing climate conditions.

European Regional Development Fund

The project is receiving up to £2.2 M of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit

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Publishing date: 
Monday, 21 November, 2022