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Weymouth beach to fully reopen five years after landslip

Caste Cove Beach in Weymouth will fully reopen this easter as work to rebuild the access steps starts this week.

Friends of Castle Cove Beach has announced that work has started to rebuild steps on a sloping 15m access path to the beach that was closed after cracks appeared. 

The footpath was closed by Dorset County Council in 2013 and the original steps removed after subsidence. 

The Friends of Castle Cove Beach Charity has raised the money for the new steps, which will be built with mounted metal pole set into the side of the cliff so that can dismantled and rebuilt easily, the charity said.

Friends of Castle Cove Beach Charity vice chair Dee Bird said: “It’s taken us five years to get to this point – but we promised our supporters we’d have the steps in place by easter 2019, and that’s what we’ll do.”

“This part of the coast moves around quite a bit and our design had to take that into account.”

Planning permission for the steps was granted in 2018 and the private landowners agreed lease access for 99 years. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council awarded £20,000 to the project in August

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