Newquay's Great Western Beach closed for summer amid safety fears

Cracks have appeared in the cliff face after landslide in February

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Great Western beach closed for summer England, Cornwall, Newquay.

Great Western Beach in Newquay, one of the most popular in Cornwall, is set to remain shut for the summer season after cracks were found in the cliff face.

In February a landslide hit the area and 100 tonnes of earth collapsed from the cliff, covering a nearby access road, the Cornish Guardian reports.

The incident also blocked the only public access route to the beach, including the area usually used by the RNLI safety vehicles.

The area was completely sealed off at the time and it seems more bad luck has hit the sunspot after Cornwall Council decided to close the beach road at both ends.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall councillor for Newquay Central, said: "It is regrettable that these works will now need to be conducted out of season, probably commencing mid-October," he said.

"Talks are ongoing with the RNLI and coastguard to ensure that safety cover for the beach is still provided and that in a cut-off emergency, people can still be safely evacuated from the beach.

"It is most unfortunate that nature has created a situation whereby the beach will be closed all summer but public safety is of paramount importance and Cornwall Council will be endeavouring to complete all stability works as soon as it is practically safe to do so."

As well as restricting access to the area, the beach huts have been evacuated and the surf school has also been moved to another location.

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