The latest episode follows a meeting last month:
But this process had been set up a year before:
And Sidmouth Town Council seems to be prepared to invest in such an enterprise:
Although it's been suggested that the cash might come from a developer:
Sidmouth's MP has taken an interest of late too:
The MP described the situation of rapid erosion of the cliffs in Sidmouth as a "nightmare" and backed the call by Cllr Stuart Hughes who is the chairman of Sidmouth Town Council as well as a county and district councillor and Devon's lead member for flooding, for urgent consideration. As previously reported by the Echo, many residents who live on Cliff Road have lost several metres of their gardens over the last few years because of+ the erosion.
Following a meeting between a senior engineer from the district council and the Environment Agency, surveys on erosion at Pennington Point are due to be carried out this month ahead of the drawing up of a Beach Management Plan, estimated to cost £80,000, which would include options for tackling the problem.
"The cliff erosion at Pennington Point in Sidmouth is a nightmare and very worrying issue and one that needs to be carefully looked at, not least because of the threat to the town," Mr Swire said. "I've been to speak to some of the home owners who are watching their gardens disappear. One option is to put rock groynes at the base of the cliffs but careful consideration needs to be done."
It's a matter of opinion as to where the blame for cliff erosion lies - and therefore what are the priorities for action to be taken:
But meanwhile, people are losing their homes and gardens. This appeared in the Daily Mail earlier this year:
Residents put in planning application two years ago, but it was later withdrawn:
And it's been going on for years. This BBC report is from 2008:.