Futures Forum: Sidmouth Beach Management Plan Steering Group - questions for the consultation event: Thurs 6th March
The immediate concern is the closing of Alma Bridge.
And this will have a direct effect on the tourist trade: walkers might not be tempted into Sidmouth's high streets if they have to go such a long way round:
Sidmouth - Alma Bridge - cliff fallSidmouth - Alma Bridge - cliff fall - Diversion - South West Coast Path
The closing of Alma Bridge also directly effects residents: similarly, getting into the car might as well mean a trip to the supermarket rather than to the high street:
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The steps from the beach to Alma Bridge have been washed away by the sea.
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Sidmouth's Alma Walkway closed for safety reasons
Friday 21 February
The Alma Walkway along the mouth of the River Sid has now been closed for public safety after a landslip caused by the storms and flood water. This is until further notice.
Earlier EDDC had erected barriers along the edge of the walkway, but it is now considered too dangerous and unstable.
Our photo shows the damage to the foundations of the Alma WalkwayEast Devon District Council - News
The bridge is an important part of Sidmouth's past:
10. Alma Bridge to be Designated as a Local Historic Asset
Whilst it is known that the Alma Bridge is not eligible to be ‘Listed’ it should be designated as a ‘Local Historic Asset’ and receive adequate protection.