GROTON -- The Planning Board heard from Sargisson Beach Committee member Cheney Harper, who asked for support in the committee's application for funding from the Community Preservation Committee.

In a short presentation, Harper explained that the money is needed if her group is to begin work restoring Sargisson Beach for public use.

Currently, erosion has severely damaged the beach as well as a retaining wall nearby. Harper said that to complete the restoration work, it would cost an estimated $170,500, which her committee hoped to receive from the CPC in three annual installments.

The first installment of $50,000 would be applied this year to shore up the crumbling retaining wall.

The effort to restore the beach area was begun by a group of residents last year resulting in the establishment by the Board of Selectmen of the Sargisson Beach Committee.

The beach itself has been closed to the public for a couple of years due to lack of funding, but supporters hope to fix that by restoring the beach and reopening it for residential use.

With little debate, board members ended by voting to send a letter of support to the CPC for the funding request.

Harper said that if the money is awarded, the intention is to begin work on the wall in the autumn.

-- Pierre Comtois