Coastal footpath reopens thanks to £16k donation

Weston mayor Mike Lyall and mayoress Margaret Lyall with Charles McCann chairman of Friends of the O

Weston mayor Mike Lyall and mayoress Margaret Lyall with Charles McCann chairman of Friends of the Old Pier and Lesley McCann secretary. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

A coastal footpath has reopened in Weston-super-Mare thanks to £16,000 worth of funding.

Supporters and friends of the pier taking a walk along the newly opened coastal path. Picture: MA

Supporters and friends of the pier taking a walk along the newly opened coastal path. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust reopened the cliffside Spring Cove coastal pathway after Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme provided a £12,000 grant, which was awarded by public vote, with the Friends of the Old Pier donating an additional £4,000.

Weston’s mayor Mike Lyall cut a ribbon to open the pathway at its Birkett Road entrance and then led the procession along to its Kewstoke Road finish, opposite the toll road.

Supporters and friends of the pier taking a walk along the newly opened coastal path. Picture: MA

Supporters and friends of the pier taking a walk along the newly opened coastal path. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

The path was overgrown and had debris but in recent months volunteers helped to clear the path of rubbish.

A trust spokesman said: “This has been a fantastic achievement for the trust as our constitution does not solely focus on Birnbeck Pier but all the surrounding area.

Weston Mayor Cllr. Mike Lyall and mayoress Margaret Lyall taking a walk along the newly opened coast

Weston Mayor Cllr. Mike Lyall and mayoress Margaret Lyall taking a walk along the newly opened coastal path. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant


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“We have regenerated an area of Birnbeck for the members of the public to enjoy for many years to come, our thanks to every volunteer who made this possible.”

Supporters and friends at the ceremony where Weston Mayor Cllr. Mike Lyall cut the ribbon to open th

Supporters and friends at the ceremony where Weston Mayor Cllr. Mike Lyall cut the ribbon to open the coastal path. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Weston Mayor Cllr. Mike Lyall and mayoress Margaret Lyall with Charles McCann Chairman of friends of

Weston Mayor Cllr. Mike Lyall and mayoress Margaret Lyall with Charles McCann Chairman of friends of the pier society and Lesley McCann secretary, cutting the ribbon to open the coastal path. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Pier View. Birnbeck Regeneration Trust opening part of coastal path due to £12k grant. Picture: M

Pier View. Birnbeck Regeneration Trust opening part of coastal path due to £12k grant. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Weston mayor Mike Lyall and mayoress Margaret Lyall with Charles McCann chairman of Friends of the O

Weston mayor Mike Lyall and mayoress Margaret Lyall with Charles McCann chairman of Friends of the Old Pier and Lesley McCann secretary. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

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