Caste Cove Beach in Weymouth will fully reopen after a project to rebuild the access steps received £20,000.
A sloping 15m access path to Weymouth’s Castle Cove Beach was closed in 2013 after cracks appeared. Since then the beach has hardly been used.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has awarded £20,000 to the project to rebuild steps to the beach. Friends of Castle Cove Beach have already raised £10,000,
Planning permission for the steps was granted earlier this year and private landowners have since agreed lease access for 99 years.
The official right of way has not yet been granted, however Friends of Castle Cove Beach has submitted an application to the Dorset county council. A final decision will be made by the planning inspectorate.
Speaking to the BBC, Friends of Castle Cove Beach treasurer Val Graves said it was “the most fantastic news.
“It’s a real tribute to the community spirit which has grown up around these steps, and we are very grateful to the councillors from all parties who have supported this campaign,” she said.
The group would continue to raise money for insurance and repairs through crowdfunding.