‘OPERATION CANUTE’ GETS UNDER WAY BENEATH PENARTH LIFEBOAT SLIP

The biggest sandcastles in Britain are being piled up in Penarth

The biggest sandcastles in Britain are being piled up here in Penarth

Tourists and residents  visiting Penarth’s southern foreshore will find a veritable mountain range of sandcastles being piled up alongside the main lifeboat slipway. 

Contractors are working on digging out hundreds of tons of stones and shingle which have accumlated beneath the Esplanade’s main lifeboat slipway in an attempt to restore the natural tidal flow across the shore.

The slipway is designed to be supportedo n brick pillars - but now the stones and sand have completely filled the voids

The slipway is designed to be supported on brick pillars – but now the stones and sand have completely filled the voids

The operation isn’t so much to turn the tide but to move the shore.

Heavy seas in recent years have moved so much beach-material beneath the slipway that there ‘s a solid wall of shingle underneath the structure which has turned it from a slipway into a breakwater.

A long pit is being dug alonside the slipway

A long pit is being dug alongside the slipway as the record-breaking sandcastles appear alongside

All this is now having to be dug out by a mechanical digger – but before it can be shifted a long pit has had to be excavated alongside to accommodate the displaced material .

It’s hoped the work will re-instate the natural tidal flow across the shore .

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