NATURAL England experts have objected to a bid by residents to slow the decline of Sidmouth’s crumbling coastline – because the scheme will halt rapid erosion.
Cliff Road homeowners hope to reach an agreement with the body over their proposals for a £900,000 rock revetment along the base of cliffs near Pennington Point.
A group of residents, turned activists, spent £10,000 on a planning application they think will prevent catastrophic flooding of the town, protect Alma Bridge and the coastal footpath, and save their properties from toppling into the sea.
But Natural England says the proposed rock revetment is in “direct conflict” with a shoreline management plan for the area. (more…)
August 16, 2011
July 26, 2011
MORE than 125 people flocked to a Jurassic Coast Pathfinder exhibition that sparked debate on Sidmouth’s crumbling coast.
Recharging beach at Pennington Point or extending town-centre sea defences to the east were suggested by those who attended the event at Kennaway House last Thursday, writes Charlie Lister.
Residents and visitors got the chance to learn more about coastal erosion and get involved in making decisions about managing the coastline. (more…)
June 27, 2011
RESIDENTS will get a glimpse of what Sidmouth’s coastline could look like in the next 20 to 100 years next month.
Specially commissioned computer-generated images will feature in a special exhibition aimed at highlighting the causes of coastal change- and how erosion might affect the town in the future.
The event, at Kennaway House on Thursday, July 21, from 10am to 8pm, will give visitors the chance to see what Sidmouth’s Jurassic Coast may look like in 20,50 and 100 years time. (more…)
February 11, 2011
Funding for vital flood defence schemes in the South West is to be cut by 16 per cent next year, the Government has confirmed.
But officials refused to produce a list of projects that will not get state aid as a result of the region losing £6 million in 2011/12.
Ministers announced that £521 million would be spent on protecting homes and businesses in England from April. (more…)
February 10, 2011
Hundreds of tonnes of mud, dirt and a trees plunged down the cliff face onto the beach after 16ft of garden were lost to coastal erosion.
The landslide – the second in four days – comes almost three years to the day after the same property lost 80ft of land and several trees under similar circumstances. (more…)
November 9, 2010
SOUTH Devon MP Anne Marie Morris has secured a debate in the House of Commons seeking assurances on the future of the South Devon coastal railway line.
The Newton Abbot MP will use the time under the spotlight to discuss the importance of investing in Brunel’s famed Exeter to Plymouth railway line.
She wants to preserve the line, which runs through Starcross, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish, Teignmouth and Newton Abbot and carries all rail traffic into South Devon and on to Plymouth and Cornwall. (more…)
April 28, 2010
NEW national seashore defence policies could mean major changes for two Torbay beaches.
Before Torbay Council adopts the latest version of the shoreline management plan to meet climate change predictions, it is to consult about the future of Goodrington Sands North and Broadsands.
The latest version of the government’s plan proposes not fighting the sea but allowing a ‘managed retreat’ inland to create new beaches. (more…)
March 22, 2010
LEISURE beaches around Torbay are at risk of disappearing under rising sea water levels.
Torbay Council and its development arm, the Torbay Development Agency, are drawing plans to see what impact climate change could have on the Bay’s environment and tourism-based economy.
Steve Parrock, chief executive of the TDA, said at a meeting of the Torquay Chamber of Commence that general flooding and rising sea levels were a reality developers in Torbay had to take into account looking ahead over the next 25, 50 and 100 years. (more…)
December 18, 2009
THE future of North Devon’s shoreline has come under the spotlight at a special meeting this week.
Devon County Council has welcomed a consultation draft review detailing how the coastline and coastal risks should be managed from Hartland Point to Anchor Head, near Weston-super-Mare, during the next 20, 50 and 100 years.
Cabinet members agreed with the North Devon and Somerset Shoreline Management Plan’s proposals to “hold the line” on developed sections of the coast to prevent flooding and erosion of the coastline at Devon’s coastal towns and resorts. They also supported a policy of “no active intervention” to the majority of the North Devon coast.
But the council objected to proposals for the “managed realignment” of sections from Instow and Yelland to Crow Point and Crow Neck. Councillors also asked for reassurance that investment in the Tarka Trail, National Cycle Network and the South West Coast Path will be taken into consideration and protected in the short to medium term. (more…)
December 8, 2009
DORSET’S Jurassic Coast is set to benefit from a £376,500 cash injection to help combat erosion and rising sea levels posed by climate change.
Dorset County Council environment chiefs teamed up with their East Devon counterparts to bid for a share of millions of pounds of Government cash.
The cash will be used on projects to benefit Preston Beach in Weymouth, Ringstead, Charmouth, Seatown and Swanage. (more…)