The Toll of Tourism & the Sea
Not a favourite thing at all - but you are stuck with that silly heading here!
We hear a lot about the detrimental effects of mass tourism and damage caused through environmental pollution, the erosion of cliff paths and country trails..
The picturesque harbour of St Goustan has attracted tourists for over 100 years. Tidal and sea water erosion is slowly disintegrating the large granite stones that are the foundation of the Quay Franklin and its retaining walls; with a weakened sub-structure the footfall of thousands of visitors is also impacting severely on the stability of the Quay.
Immediate emergency action was taken in 2008 when part of the quay collapsed due to subsidence and at the beginning of 2009 major engineering works of repair and restoration,costing nearly 2million euros, commenced.
There was a pause in the works during the high season but when we were there in October'09 it was not looking at its best.
Excavators were at work and it appeared gaspipes and sewage systems were being replaced along the length of Franklin Quay.
Le Télégramme, the local newspaper carries regular news of progress but the work is still continuing. The third phase of the work will concentrate on cosmetic features to restore the pictureque features of the area - as the Budget allows.
In the meantime you need to watch your step as you walk seawards along the quay and some areas may be cordoned off pending completion of all the work.