Diggers carry out excavation work as part of Sidmouth beach management scheme - Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald
Which this blog duly reported on:
Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan: “These investigations are an essential part of our studies to move forwards a scheme to maintain and improve the town’s protection from flooding and I’m pleased to see East Devon continuing to make good use of local expertise.”
It is only now that the District Council's press office has caught up:
Findings from exploratory excavations will help inform the outline design of East Devon District Council’s Beach Management Scheme for Sidmouth
The works have involved excavating small trenches and recording the properties of the materials that are found beneath East Beach and Sidmouth Beach. Investigations are focused on areas where the council is considering construction of one, or possibly two rock groynes on East Beach, and around Port Royal Groyne and the River Sid Training Wall on Sidmouth Beach, where the council is considering options to improve maintenance access onto East Beach, which could include shortening these existing structures.
The information will assist the council’s consultants, Royal Haskoning DHV, with the outline design for the Sidmouth Beach Management Scheme, which is due to begin early in 2018, following completion of the initial phase of computer modelling. The outline design will determine the overall geometry of any new structures, or modifications to existing structures.
In addition to the computer modelling already underway, the outline design will allow East Devon to predict the costs and benefits of the scheme more accurately and to robustly demonstrate that the scheme as a whole is cost beneficial over its lifetime. The Outline Business Case, which is a report setting out the case for DEFRA to invest in the scheme, is due for completion in Summer 2019.
Nick Wood, Project Manager for South West Geotechnical, said:
Cllr Phil Twiss, the chairman of the Sidmouth Beach Management Scheme steering group, said:It’s great to have the opportunity to work on a local scheme, in an area we know well as visitors, as well as from geological journals and conferences.
Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon’s portfolio holder for the environment, said:These investigations are an essential part of our studies to move forwards a scheme to maintain and improve the town’s protection from flooding and I’m pleased to see East Devon continuing to make good use of local expertise.
These investigations have been carefully planned to minimise the risk, but we’d continue to caution against the general public walking beneath the unstable cliffs in this location, particularly as the winter weather, eg rain and fluctuating temperatures, increases the risk of cliff falls.
Nevertheless, there are still questions:
> which areas has the council been considering construction?
> how many rock groynes have been considered exactly?
> which options have been considered?
> what initial phase of computer modelling has been completed?
> how robustly can the case actually be demonstrated?
> especially with regard to the Outline Business Case?
> which local expertise has East Devon continued to make good use of?
> and how investigations been carefully planned?
There are other 'options' being considered by other local authorities in the County:
Futures Forum: Rock armouring to protect South Devon coast
Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan >>> frequently asked questions >>> last updated 6th September: and still fail to address explicitly the arguments against and in favour of offshore reefs to create a self-sustaining sand tombolo