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MP Andrew George visits collapsed Coverack road

By WBEsme  |  Posted: February 23, 2014

  • MP Andrew George in Coverack yesterday.

  • MP Andrew George with parish councillors and residents in Coverack yesterday

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West Cornwall MP Andrew George has visited the site of a collapsed road which is splitting the village of Coverack in two.

Mr George, who was in the village just last weekend, arrived in Coverack yesterday afternoon to assess the fresh damage sustained to the B3294.

The Liberal Democrat MP chatted with residents and parish councillors about the blocked road and problems it is causing.

He said: ““Feelings are running quite high at the moment. Those living close to the sea told me that they are having trouble sleeping at night.

“There are two pressing issues. Firstly Coverack is essentially cut in two making access difficult for residents and emergency vehicles, and second, the collapsed footpath has exposed water and sewage pipes, and electric and fiber optic cables.

“I am putting pressure on Cornwall Council, the Environment Agencies and the other relevant agencies to get the road fixed.

The section of the B3294 which runs through the village has been closed to traffic since violent storms weakened its structure at the beginning of the month.

A substantial chunk of the footpath finally gave way on Friday and part of the protective railings and granite quoins - or corner blocks - crashed down on to the sand and rocks below.

Works to rebuild and stabilise the highway will begin tomorrow, but engineers from Cornwall Council contractor, Cormac, have said it could take more than two months before it is reopened.

With only one other steep and narrow lane running across the village, Coverack is effectively cut in two.

Cornwall councillor Walter Sanger has urged the authority to make the reopening of the road a priority.

He said: “I am very concerned at the proposed timescale.

"I was informed that this would be a high priority and to me, this doesn’t appear very high considering that the village is cut in two and the western access is not suitable for large vehicles.”

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