'Outrage' At Public Unable To Access Castle Cove Beach
9:03am 26th November 2014
(Updated 9:05am 26th November 2014)
'It's an outrage' that the public can't access Castle Cove Beach according to the group that's fighting to have it reopened.
The Friends of Castle Cover Beach now have national support got their campaign after the Open Space Society backed their push to let the public enjoy the beach again.
General Secretary Kate Ashbrook has written to the Chief Executives of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Dorset County Council expressing 'deep concern' about developments at the beach.
The council claims it'll cost £30,000 to restore the steps down to the beach, which were closed after a landslip in 2013.
Steve Elsworth from the group said: "If they let us take over the access to the beach ourselves we'll try and raise the money. We could work with the council or work instead of them. The current situation is not acceptable and we need to have our beach back."
"This is a local tradition that's been going on for more than a century, it's an outrage that it's closed."
The Marine and Coastal Access Act of 2009 designated Castle Cove beach as one of the first in the country to be open to public access.