By Andy Hargreaves

Porthloo sea defences. Photo by Blackwell Building Services.

Porthloo sea defences. Photo by Blackwell Building Services.

Works to improve some of Scilly’s sea defences and St Agnes’ roads should be completed by the start of the season.

Dunes at Porthloo are being reshaped and strengthened. The work includes installing a 1.5m high timber wall running the length of the existing dunes.

The sandy banks are also being bolstered at Periglis on St Agnes.

The Duchy’s Deputy Land Steward, Luke Humphries, tells Radio Scilly that the work will “help to protect people and property in future.”

The Duchy says their involvement is part of “a larger cooperation” between Hugh House, the Council and with the Environment Agency. That government department has provided grant-funding for the work.

The Duchy’s contractors have already completed repairs to a stretch of the seawall between Tregarthen’s Hotel and the Mermaid. It was damaged when it took a pounding during the storms around one year ago.

There’s additional work on St Agnes where the Duchy is relaying 1,100 metres of the road from the quay to the newly refurbished Island Hall.

Luke says this project includes an element of “future-proofing.” The new 2.25 metre-wide concrete road will have ducting for future BT works and for the island’s water supply network.

Luke adds that these jobs are part of the Duchy’s on-going policy of improving off-island roads on a phased basis and that both projects will be completed by April.