The Prime Minister visits Cornwall to see the damage of the weather

The Prime Minister visited Cornwall to see for himself just some of the damage the storms and flooding has had in Cornwall. The damage bill to date is £21 million, and could easily rise if the adverse weather continues. However, and this is important, the message being sent out is ‘Cornwall is still open for business.’

During the visit, the Prime Minister has ‘offered’ help with the repair bill.  One way is via the Bellwin Scheme. The current threshold for claims will be lowered, and in Cornwall’s case, instead of the 85% maximum payout, it will be 100%. This I very much welcome as without the help to carry out the repairs, the money would have to be found via Cornwall Council’s own budget. And we all know that is under real pressure.

Though my understanding of the ‘offer’ is the only for the emergency repairs and not the full repairs. That means Cornwall Council could still have to find at least £17m to repair the damage fully. As always, the devil is in the detail.

With no mainline rail to link Cornwall and the rest of the UK, flights out of Newquay will be reduced by £5 for two weeks. This will start on Wednesday 12th February. Also reduced are rail fares by I believe 20%. Less hope the rail line at Dawlish is repaired quickly, but I think it will take a while longer than the six-weeks currently being said. Especially if the sea decides to have another go at this stretch of coastline.

Now Cornwall Council has had a respite from the weather, it has given the Council time to look at the damage. The Council has come up with some estimated repair costs for the worse hit areas.

For Porthleven where there has been damage to coastal defences, with up to 40 properties at risk from coastal flooding, a breach of the river defences and significant damage to the fishing fleet. The cost of damage is

  • Interim repairs to coastal and river defences – current estimated costs £105k
  • Capital repairs to harbour (privately owned) to be estimated. I am seeking clarification if any money from the Bellwin Scheme can be used for the Harbour due to it being in private ownership.

For the rest of Cornwall and those affected areas, the cost of repairs is:

Portreath Harbour where there has been severe damage to the pier. 

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs – current estimated costs £51k
  • Capital repairs – current estimated costs £800k

St Ives where two piers have been damaged.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs – current estimated costs £22k
  • Permanent repairs – current estimated costs £22k

Newlyn to Marazion where damage includes a breach of coastal defences at Eastern Green and Long Rock threatening the Paddington/Penzance railway line, residential and commercial property, South West Coastal Path; damage to South Quay, Penzance, threatening the link to the Isles of Scilly and damage also to Penzance promenade, Jubilee Pool, Newlyn Green.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs – current estimated costs £0.68k
  • Permanent repairs -current estimated costs £5.6m

Newquay Fistral  –where there has been damage to coastal defences and undermining of the Fistral Surf Centre; the removal of sand led to undermining of the Fistral RNLI training base and damage to the sand dunes led to damage to several accesses to the beach.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs – current estimated costs £15k
  • Capital repairs – current estimated costs £500k

Mullion Harbour  – (National Trust  Property) where there has been structural damage to Eastern Breakwater.

Cost of damage

  • Estimate awaited from National Trust 

Newquay Towan and Harbour where there has been damage to the road access to Blue Reef Aquarium, damage to the Towan Promenade and beach huts and damage to harbour assets and harbour masters office.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs – current estimated costs £22k
  • Capital repairs – current estimated costs £335k

St Mawes  where there has been damage to highway, damage to coastal defences at Summers Beach and damage to privately owned quay.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs – current estimated costs £108k
  • Capital repairs – current estimated costs £12k
  • Estimates for damage to private pier being prepared

Bude  where interim repairs to Bude Canal and coastal defences have now been completed.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs – current estimated costs £59k
  • Capital repairs – current estimated costs £130k
  • Further damage to be estimated

Calstock where the failure of a highway wall resulted in the collapse of the road.

Cost of damage

  • Initial response – current estimated costs £0.1m
  • Capital repairs – current estimated costs £0.5m 

Looe where there has been damage to harbour assets and to the coastal defences at Hannafore.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs  – current estimated costs  £80k
  • Capital repairs – CC – current estimated costs – £20k
  • Looe Harbour Commissioners are preparing estimates

Kingsand / Cawsand where there has been significant damage to coastal defences and residential properties and to the structural integrity of the institute and the clock tower.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs – current estimated costs £20k
  • Capital repairs – current estimated costs £585k

Seaton  where there has been significant damage to beach profile and local businesses and the loss of wall at the rear of the beach.

Cost of damage

  • Interim repairs – current estimated costs £70
  • Capital repairs – current estimated costs £575k

As you can see, the list is long. Lets just hope the Government actually comes through and actually pays the full bill and not just the emergency repairs

One comment

  • Gill Martin

    We have had the tea and sympathy from the prime minister, perhaps he might like to get on and forward some relief money now, if he is not too busy sending it all abroad.

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