Beach plagued by wild parties and cars parking on sand introduces new measures

Polzeath Beach car park has been made smaller, with boulders put in place as boundary measures
-Credit: (Image: Polzeath Beach Ranger Service)


A seaside village in Cornwall which has been plagued by wild parties on its beach and cars parking on the sand has introduced new measures to its car park. Polzeath Beach car park has been made smaller by Cornwall Council, with boulders put in place as boundary markers.

There are also two emergency access points which will be continually coned and signed. Polzeath Beach Ranger Service has asked anyone who sees that the cones have been moved and not returned to put them back in their original places.

The ranger service said the decision was made to help protect the beach for future generations. In the comments of a post shared on Facebook about the new measures, it explained: "It's been a car park for nearly 100 years, but we're trying to find a modern balance between providing facilities for visitors, and protecting the environment for future generations.."

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While some welcomed the idea as a way to keep the beach accessible to all, others were not quite convinced. Some took to the comments section to express concern about how the boulders will stay in place.

One person wrote: "Interesting, how long before a storm plays roll the dice with them?"

Someone else commented: "First big tide/big swell is going to be even more entertaining than usual..."

Another simply added: "Sorry but awful idea... springtide will move them."

However, Polzeath Beach Ranger Service said that if the boulders were to be moved by the tide or a storm, they could easily be put back in place using a tractor to move them. It explained: "The storms will move them - fact. We get a [tractor] and move them back.

"It'll only happen a couple of times a year, which is manageable. The posts, which were also ripped out by the surging waves, had to be dug back in with a load of concrete poured around the base. This was more costly, time-consuming, and damaging to the environment. Whatever is put there will be moved. Nature wins. Best to let it be moved, and then move it back."

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In April, CornwallLive reported how, in a bid to combat beach-goers who leave their cars haphazardly parked along the roads of Polzeath, countless traffic cones had been deployed. They had been put in place to keep the narrow roads accessible for traffic but left the picturesque village looking more like an obstacle course.

The Polzeath Beach Ranger Service took to Facebook to say: "Hopefully, the chaotic, dangerous, and inconvenient parking may ease now. These cones are in place until the double yellow lines are painted. The Highways team intended the lines to be done before Easter but needed the road to dry out for more than 24hrs, and then have a dry spell to paint them. Cornwall? Dry March? Didn't happen!"

Along with issues around parking, Polzeath has also battled wild parties where teens swarm on the beach and leave broken glass, the remnants of fires, and laughing gas canisters all over the beach. Locals became fed up with the parties attended by what were believed to be both public and private school students, and last summer, cameras were put in place on the beach to catch the offenders - in a bid to crackdown on the issue.

Back in June 2021, a car was also spotted floating in the sea just off Polzeath Beach. The beach ranger service confirmed that fortunately nobody was inside the vehicle, a black Volkswagen. It posted a photo on its Facebook page, with a warning urging people in the area to stay away from the water. The police and coastguard were informed and aware of the situation. Photographs taken showed the car fully floating in the water at one point.