Carlyon Bay


 Carlyon Bay before 2004

 Carlyon Bay in its heyday before destruction began in 2004

The three beaches which make up Carlyon Bay are earmarked to be buried under concrete by  Commercial Estates Group - a developer who wants to build more than 500 apartments and houses, as well as retail space and a hotel. 

A natural habitat which grew up over more than a century and which was a popular walking and picnic area was bulldozed.  It was then covered in fencing, giant boulders and metal shuttering as part of sea defences - only to be removed years later because there was no planning permission.

Carlyon Bay Watch came into existence to raise awareness of the destruction of St Austell's once family-friendly beach and to campaign for any development to be safe, in scale and sympathetic to the coastal landscape of south Cornwall. 

Now planning permission has been given, CBW will continue to monitor  any future changes to the approved plans and any continuing issues concerning public access.

The site was once part of the Carlyon Estate and tennis courts  and a magnificent lido were built in the 1930s.

The indoor sports facility later became the Cornwall Coliseum - a venue for the biggest stars of the day in the 70s and 80s.

Carlyon Bay Watch has consistently argued for an appropriate use to be found for the old Cornwall Coliseum site on Crinnis, the only part of the beaches previously developed.

But building over 500 dwellings, extending over Shorthorn as well, is not appropriate.  The developers say they have altered their plans but they have not reduced the size of this massive project which will double the number of dwellings in the Carlyon Bay area.

Planning permission was granted in 2011 but so far not one brick has been laid.  

When building gets underway there will be massive disruption to the local community and we aim to keep lobbying for their interests to be taken into consideration.








Route of PROW 2015

The PROW runs between the fencing alongside the old Coliseum site


.The Public Right of Way (PROW) which gives access to Crinnis beach from Beach Road is once again under threat.

The route was confirmed by Cornwall Council in 2009 after a long campaign by local residents, backed by the Open Spaces Society.

Many local residents gave evidence to the council of their lifelong use of the route which went down the hill and towards the sea in front of the old Cornwall Coliseum.

Now it seems that the same council wants to have the route stopped up (extinguished) because they fear the long term cost of maintaining it will fall on the taxpayer.

But there are ways round this as Carlyon Parish councillors and local ward councillors are urging.

For once, it seems, this outrageous proposal has not come from CEG - in fact the plans which were passed by Cornwall's Strategic Planning Committee in 2011 and in February 2015 both incorporated the PROW through the site.

If this route is stopped up the  council officers would be acting against the wishes of elected councillors on the Planning Committee who raised concerns about its future. 

This issue first came to light in the autumn of 2015 - and so far there has been no more information about it can be resolved.

We urge our local councillors to make sure their wishes to preserve the PROW are upheld.










Beach clearing work Octber 2015

The beach has been cleaned up and levelled


Once again, the future of the stalled development is unclear as developers CEG say they "have nothing to say about the future".  

It follows their announcement in August 2016 that the project was "on hold" because Brexit had   
"introduced significant political and economic uncertainty".

In January 2017 in a statement to the Cornish Guardian, CEG said: "At the moment we are considering the situation and looking to see how it goes.  We have nothing to say about the future.  We are considering all options."

Planning permission was granted in 2011 but then the recession was blamed for the failure to begin work.

CEG bought the site in 2004 and removed the roof of the Coliseum, leaving it and the satellite buildings to rot, whilst the beach was strewn with rubble and the rusting remains of "temporary" sea defences.

Finally, after pressure from the public, local councillors and Carlyon Bay Watch,  CEG did something about the mess.

In the spring of 2015 the buildings were demolished and the remaining rusting sea defences were removed (they had been the subject of an Enforcement Notice from Cornwall Council).

(The End of the Coliseum in pictures)

Since then pop-up cafes and  entertainments have been laid on during the summer months.

The sales hut has also gone from its original position at the water's edge.  It was due to be relocated to the top car park off Beach Road, but that hasn't happened either.  It's instead been placed at the back of the beach where part of the Coliseum once stood.

(Have a look at this tongue-in-cheek view of the future of the beaches)



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