Duchy Listen To Residents Over Boat Park

The Duchy of Cornwall is being commended for their efforts in consulting islanders over the proposed slipway and boat park changes at Porthloo.

Last August, some boat owners, guesthouse owners and householders voiced concern over the disruption that building the slipway during the summer season would cause.

After the public meeting, Hugh House has proposed to undertake the work out of season starting in October and ending in November.

It will mean moving some of the larger tripper boats to the green space opposite numbers 1 to 4 Porthloo Terrace, while a solid slipway is laid, in order to replace the current rubber tracks which help boats onto the beach.

One local resident told us he regretted the industrialisation of the area over the decades but felt the Duchy had listened to views and had reacted to concerns.

Last summer’s meeting, which was held in Peter Martin’s boatshed, heard a request that the public walking the coast path should not be funnelled into the roadway because of the blocking of pedestrian access through the boat park.

Steve Whomersley, of nearby Beachfield House, said that was welcomed because he sees how many people walk past each day.

The Duchy has also agreed to maintain the walkway along the coast, between a hedge and the beach.

There’s been some concession to locals who didn’t want hedging along the seaward side of the Porthloo Green.

There won’t be one planted near the houses, but the boatmen will get a hedge to protect the boat park from blown sand, which won’t be more than 1m higher than the dunes.

A public toilet was requested and the Duchy says that plan will be investigated in the future for boat users and workers.

If the general public were to use a facility then the Council would need to co-fund the development and maintenance.