Jersey

Jersey beach 'like a quarry' due to rocks

La Mare Slipway
Image caption A sign on the cafe says "can't run a beach cafe without a beach"

A beach in Jersey has been described as "being like a quarry" after rocks were exposed in a recent storm.

Nigel Coutanche, who runs the La Mare Slip beach cafe, said the rocks were putting people off visiting the beach.

"Exposed rocks have been pushed against the sea wall, it is unusable with little to no sand," he said.

Infrastructure minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, said about 200m of rocks would be removed but it would take up to six weeks to get permission.

The beach is part of a Ramsar area so special permission to remove the rocks or change the nature of the beach is needed from the Environment Department.

Image caption The Infrastructure Department will remove rocks from the cafe up to the nearby car park

Mr Noel said: "What was a sandy beach has now become a pebble beach. We have agreed to remove a 200m stretch from the slip to the car park.

"We are contracting out to haulers to get the equipment on the beach."

He claimed the site was "almost certain to revert to sand on its own when we have the high tides in the Autumn".

"We are limited to what we can do, there are environmental issues and so we can only carry out limited works on the beach," he added.

Image caption It is a popular beach for dog walkers. A few described it as a danger and very difficult to walk on.

Mr Coutanche said his cafe was "no longer viable" during the week so would close on weekdays.

He said two jobs will be lost as a result.

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