After all the interminable permission seeking, form filling, plan making and sheer hard work the St Piran's Trust has finally been given the go ahead to begin excavations at Gear Sands. St Piran's Oratotory will once again be open to the air.
This is the first, information gathering, stage of the St Piran's Trust's plan to eventually make the oracle accessible to the people of Cornwall.
The Trust has engaged the archaeological services of Cornwall Council to excavate the oratory, evaluate the integrity of the structure and formulate how to go about preservation of the monument.
The excavations will be beginning in mid February and it is hoped that the oratory will be visible for the annual pilgrimage accross the dunes on Sunday 2nd March.