Porthleven’s Fore Street Pavements

The current state of Porthleven’s Fore Street has been highlighted by a few concerned residents. For anyone who knows Fore Street, the pavements along this stretch of road are almost a history lesson in their own right. They date anything between the turn of the 20th century right up to the 21st. Out of these concerns, I asked if Cornwall Council’s Highway Dept would meet me on site to discuss these concerns.

At the bottom of Fore Street, outside Boots, the pavement is quite badly damaged. The reason for this damage is because HGV’s park on the pavement which damage the slabs. It may seem obvious, but pavements are not designed for HGV’s to park on them. The Highways Officer has agreed to look into the costings of replacing these slabs, most probably with a more tarmac type of surface. The Officer has also agree it would be pointless to redo the pavement, then a HGV comes along and ruins it again. So, as an added measure, a couple of metal bollards will be installed to deter HGV’s along the pavement.

The pavement outside of Boots

The pavement outside of Boots is not the only concern that has been raised.  The other stretch of pavement has a historical connection to Porthleven, and it is probably one of the earliest pavements in Porthleven that has survived. The cobbled part of the pavement has become very hazardous because it is so uneven, and when wet, it is very slippery. I have myself witnessed people slipping over on this stretch of pavement.

However, any change to this pavement could raise objections from within the community. I want to avoid that, but something has to happen to make this stretch of pavement safer. Therefore I have asked the Highways Dept to look at various options for this stretch of path. It was interesting that whilst we were having this site meeting people gave us their views as to what could be done. This ranged from covering over it, roughing it up, levelling it out, or doing nothing.

At the end of the day much will rest on how much each option will cost. If the argument is to make it safe, then it might have to be one of the cheaper options. The problem will be convincing this is the right option. I did learn today that this type of pavement was very common in Cornwall. The stones used as cobbles were in fact ships ballast.

The Cobbled part of Fore Street

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