Update on sea defence works at Porthloo and Porthmellon

[Update 12 June 2023: funding information updated]

Please be aware that the sea defence works at the Porthloo site are nearing completion and the sand is very soft in places on Porthloo beach. This is temporary and will soon adjust with the tides. We advise that the community continues to avoid the beach until the completion of the works.

Signs have been placed at both ends of the beach today (19 December 2022) and will remain in place until we consider that the beach has adjusted sufficiently for people to re-enter the area. 

Construction will begin at the Porthmellon site in January, so please also avoid the site at the Western end of Porthmellon beach whilst work is in progress. Signage will be updated at this location as necessary.

You can find out more about the Climate Adaptation Scilly project on our sea defence works webpages.

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: 
Monday, 19 December, 2022