0605 BST Monday 11th June 2018
After campaigning for four years, the Friends of Castle Cove Beach Charity have announced a major breakthrough.
They have signed a lease which will enable the public to get access to the beach.
Contracts were exchanged on Friday and completion is immediate. The Friends are now lease-holders of a beach access route for 99 years, and will be able to build steps down to the beach – once they have raised £30,000.
Steve Elsworth, Chair of Trustees of the charity explained “This is a major breakthrough for the campaign, and fantastic news for the local community,”. “Now all we have to do is raise £30,000. We will raise the money this year, and build the steps as soon as we can.”
“The Friends obtained planning permission for the steps in April, and have signed the lease today. Now we have to raise £30,000. “We are going to crowdfund, we are asking local businesses for cash, and we are asking our supporters to reach deep into their pockets. Any donations would be extremely welcome – go to our justgiving page.”
“You can’t believe how delighted we are”, said Steve. “I kissed our lawyer when we heard the news.”
The steps to Castle Cove Beach were removed in 2013, after being in place for 80 years. The campaign to restore them began in 2014, and has continued since then. “We have had support from councillors of all parties, from churches, community groups, schools, local landowners, the Coop, national organisations such as the Open Spaces Society, the Ramblers, the Prince’s Trust and the South West Coast Path Association,” said Steve. “We have 850 followers on Facebook and 200 people receive our monthly newsletter. This is a very popular community campaign.”
Since the campaign was launched on Monday 11th of June over £1500 has already been raised.
Access to Castle Cove beach is on Old Castle Road in Weymouth and its also only yards from Sandsfoot Castle.
Want to help? – donate to justgiving.com – name of donation is “Castle Cove Beach.” The link below takes you to the page.