Repairs continue for public access to Achilles Bay says Col. David Burch

“With the summer rapidly approaching, the public will still have access to Achilles Bay through temporary measures while repairs to enhance accessibility continue,” said Minister of Public Works, Lt. Col. the Hon. David A. Burch, OBE (Mil), ED, JP, MP. 


Initially set to be completed by the summer of 2023, the project encountered unforeseen geological and planning challenges requiring careful reconsideration of the construction approach.


In May 2023, the Ministry partnered with Smith Hauling and Excavating to commence repair works on the beach access opposite Fort St. Catherine.


Early excavation work revealed that the anticipated solid rock foundation necessary for constructing new stairs was absent, leading to a necessary halt and redesign of the project.


This finding and additional complexities involving land use and tenant proposals have required the Ministry to navigate a series of detailed and technical reassessments.


Despite these challenges, the Ministry has remained focused on restoring and improving public access to Achilles Bay.


After substantial dialogue with the Corporation of St. George’s, area MPs, and land tenants, a new staircase site has been agreed upon. This third proposed location offers a viable solution for permanent public access. 


Minister Burch added: “We are focused on overcoming these challenges to provide safe, enduring access to one of our island’s beaches.


The Ministry outlines the following steps:


  • Finalising the in-principle design.
  • Submitting a revised planning application.
  • Conducting a public tender for construction works.
  • Ultimately building the new staircase.
  • Temporary access to Achilles Bay will be provided until the permanent structure is completed.

The Ministry of Public Works appreciates the public’s patience and support as it continues to work towards a solution that ensures safety and enhances the enjoyment of Achilles Bay for all.

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