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 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.
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 .