Friday 21 February 2014

Sidmouth Beach Management Plan Steering Group ..... ..... "help by providing local knowledge and information..." Community Engagement event at Sidmouth Sailing Club on 6th March

Following on from the BMP's Steering Group's first meeting
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Beach Management Plan Steering Group - report
Sidmouth Town Website - Beach Management Plan.
Work starts on producing new Beach Management Plan for Sidmouth | Exeter Express and Echo
members of the public will be asked to contribute directly to collecting information about the beaches and cliffs - to help build up a fuller understanding of erosion rates.

The District Council produced this press release yesterday:

Coastal defence group holds first meeting

Thursday 20 February

A group formed to steer the delivery of a Beach Management Plan for Sidmouth by EDDC and consultants Halcrow held its first meeting on 4 February, right in the thick of storms battering the coastline.

The meeting was chaired by Councillor Andrew Moulding, who also chairs the Sidmouth and East Beach Working Group. The council and the project team hope the public will play a big part in the initiative and they are invited to attend a walk-in session on 6 March to hear more about the project and the contribution they can make.

The research and information gathering project is the next step in addressing public concern over an increase in erosion and cliff falls along East Beach, Sidmouth.

It was recognised that this work is all the more relevant in view of the storms that have battered the British coastline over recent weeks and have done significant damage in Sidmouth.


Councillor Moulding said: “We always take the matter of coastal defence very seriously and the need for this was never more strongly underlined than by the weather we have had of late, which has hit national and even international headlines.

“The aims of the project are to make sure the sea defences are performing as well as expected and to slow down the rate of beach and cliff erosion at East Beach.

“I hope that the formation of the Steering Group shows that EDDC wants to work with the community in this project and to be transparent about the findings”.

The membership of the Steering Group aims to reflect the wide range of groups that have an interest in Sidmouth's beaches. The project will take into account the fact that these beaches have amenity, commercial and community uses and coastal defence, habitat and earth science functions, all of which have social, environmental and economic value.

EDDC wants the members of the Steering Group to bring local knowledge and views to the project and identify any opportunities for joint working or any hurdles that may have to be overcome.

Local knowledge

The project team would also like the public to help by providing local knowledge and information about the beaches going back as far as anyone can remember.

They can either provide this through a Steering Group member or by attending the first of two walk-in Community Engagement events on 6 March at Sidmouth Sailing Club from 3pm to 7pm at which the public can also learn more about the project (more details to follow next week).

People are asked to bring videos and photographs of the recent storms and any other information they may have, going back as far as possible, which will help the project team understand how the beaches and cliffs have changed over the generations and assess historical erosion rates.

Among the groups represented at the first meeting were:

• Natural England

• Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce

• CRAG (Cliff Road Action Group)

• Sid Vale Association

• Vision Group for Sidmouth

Others from the community invited to join the steering group are:

• Sidmouth and District Hospitality Association

• Sidmouth Sailing Club

• Sidmouth Lifeboat

• Representatives of Sidmouth fishermen

Caption: The steps from the beach to Alma Bridge have been washed away by the sea.

East Devon District Council - News

From today's Herald:

Home - Sidmouth Herald

From yesterday's Express & Echo:

Sidmouth coastal defence group holds first meeting after storms damage town

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

Alma steps wrecked by storms
Alma steps wrecked by storms

Sidmouth coastal defence group holds first meeting after storms damage town | Exeter Express and Echo

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