Update on sea defence works at Porth Loo, Porthmellon and Porth Hellick

[Update 12 June 2023: funding information updated]

Please see below for the latest updates on our sea defence works project:

Porth Loo

Following the completion of the works and the removal of the safety signage, Porth Loo can now be fully accessed by the public. You may notice some general tidying taking place in the area, including the planting of Marram grass.


The current phase of sea defence works at Porthmellon is now nearing completion. Some general tidying, including the removal of some small rocks, will continue in the coming weeks. The final layers of rock are due to be installed when the next barge arrives in March/April. 

Please be mindful when walking in this area that the sand will be much softer than normal until it has readjusted following the next few high tides. 

Porth Hellick

Our contractors are now working on the track to Porth Hellick. Heavy plant and machinery will be moving up and down the track to the beach. Signage will be displayed in the areas we're asking the community to avoid whilst work is in progress.

Important plea to the community

We're monitoring each of the areas above and will only remove safety signage when we're satisfied the advice no longer applies. Please do not remove any signage yourself, even when works appear to have ceased.

Further information 

You can refer to our 'Sea defence works updates' webpage at any time for the latest updates on the scheduled works. You can also follow our Climate Adaptation Scilly Facebook Page. If you have any questions about the project, please email adaptivescilly@scilly.gov.uk  

Thank you for your cooperation.


    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 https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

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    Publishing date: 
    Thursday, 19 January, 2023