Immediate repair work is being carried out by the cliffs at Pennington Point:
Repair work to erosion at base of Sidmouth cliffs to take place within a fortnight
By Exeter Express and Echo | Posted: November 25, 2014
REPAIR work to erosion at the base of cliffs at Sidmouth caused by the recent storms, is set to take place within a fortnight. County engineers inspected the “hole” at the base of cliffs near the Alma Bridge and permission has been obtained from the Environment Agency and East Devon District Council for work to proceed. A team will begin work as soon as it is available and the expectation is that work will be completed by Christmas. Work will include filling the hole with concrete doweled to the rock with the masonry matching the adjacent Alma bridge stonework.
Cllr Stuart Hughes Cabinet member who's remit covers Bridges and Flood Protection explained that some residents of Cliff Road, on top of the cliffs, had expressed concerns about the impact the recent bout of erosion could have. “This is great news for the residents of Sidmouth and especially those who live on the east of the Sid who contacted me about enhanced erosion in the vicinity of Alma bridge and beneath the Hanger footpath,” he added.
Last November, the first stage of a Beach Management Plan, with the aim of protecting the cliffs from further erosion, was initiated. This involved a 12-month data gathering exercise, which came two years after district council cabinet members backed a move for a beach management plan, following a campaign by Cliff Road residents who have lost several metres of their gardens over the years due to erosion
Repair work to erosion at base of Sidmouth cliffs to take place within a fortnight | Exeter Express and Echo
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In the District Council's press announcement
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... reference was made to the larger context of the Beach Management Plan (BMP) project which has been ongoing for some time, primarily gathering information:
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Earlier this month, an updated project plan was forwarded to the Steering Group of the BMP, which includes representation from Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Here is a statement from a member of the Steering Group:
The officer leading the BMP project addressed the Town Council at its latest monthly meeting, as set out in the agenda:
These are from the minutes of the same meeting:
The Shoreline Management Plan policy document from consulting engineers Halcrow recommends the general policy of 'hold the line'.
This is from the section on the 'short-term' preferred policies:
> The term ‘Managed Realignment’ has replaced the term ‘managed retreat’, as it was not assumed that the only intervention was to slow erosion: this could include nil erosion, or even trying to gain ground back.
> Specifically, the policy of 'Managed Realignment' for the area around the mouth of the River Sid allows for the installation of more significant defences for Pennington Point in order to protect the cliff top and town properties (not just domestic properties).
> The BMP Steering Group will try to ensure that a requirement for ongoing reviews of the status of erosion is included in the Plan - there will need to be an agreed condition after which more extensive protection would be funded and installed.
> That status might be seen to be already existing - in which case, the Plan would already include more solid defences than simply a managed beach.
SUMMARY OF PREFERRED PLAN RECOMMENDATIONS AND JUSTIFICATION - Shoreline Management Plan - Halcrow
East Devon District Council - Coastal Protection