Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Beach Management Plan: breakwaters rather than groins/groynes

The political leadership are pushing for a particular plan to manage Sidmouth's cliff falls and failing beaches:
Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan: a 'preferred option' is an extra half-a-metre high wall along Sidmouth's promenade

With the video here from the summer's public consultation:
Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan: the official video

However, the Sidmouth community representatives are not at all happy:
Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan: "There is widespread scepticism of the process and little regard shown to the local understanding of what the real issues might be."

And instead offer an alternative:
Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan: "In the long-term, we need to build more offshore breakwaters across the front and these could be semi-submerged so that they would not be visible for most of the time."

And the alternative would be breakwaters: 

Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan: Local stakeholders welcome project consultant's report >>> Options S4 and S4b "technically preferred"
Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan: looking for funding for the 'technically preferred' option 4b
Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan: 'technically favoured' option or 'preferred' option - and 'preferred' by whom?

... rather than groins/groynes:

Council report included 'the wrong kind of groin' for Sidmouth seafront

"No-one wants to see that kind of groin on Sidmouth beach.”

Daniel Clark Local Democracy Reporter
11 SEP 2018

Councillors were set to approve installing ‘the wrong kind of groin’ on Sidmouth seafront, until the typographical error was pointed out.

East Devon District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday night were noting and approving the minutes of various committees, including July's Capital Strategy and Allocation Group meeting.

That meeting on July 11 had included an updated on the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Scheme, and the minutes of the meeting said that the group were reminded of elements of the scheme, including the ‘installation of a groin at the east beach’.

The typo in the report to East Devon District Council's cabinet

Keen-eyed Cllr Eleanor Rylance spotted the error and brought it to the attention of the cabinet, saying: “No-one wants to see that kind of groin on Sidmouth beach.”

Council officers said that they would correct it to ‘groyne’ when the official minutes were publicised.

The beach management scheme aims to reduce the risk of flooding to Sidmouth by maintaining the standard of defences along Sidmouth Beach, and to reduce the rate of erosion to the cliffs to the East of the town.

Option 1 - The preferred option that the beach management plan for Sidmouth has identified is to construct one or two new rock groynes along East Beach over a distance of up to 200m east of the River Sid and to modify the length of the seaward end of the River Sid training wall and East Pier rock groyne to improve sediment transport between Sidmouth Town Beach and East Beach. This would be supported by importing new shingle and moving shingle along the beach as required.

The groyne will help keep shingle from being moved eastwards away from the vulnerable cliffs and the higher splash wall will capture water coming over the sea wall to prevent flooding in the town centre.

Funding still needed for splashwall to protect Sidmouth from flooding

The scheme will cost £8.9million, with around £3million of funding needs to be provided locally. £500,000 of this will be provided by East Devon District Council, with £500,000 set to be committed by Devon County Council and £100,000 from Sidmouth town council, meaning a further £2.4m needs to be found.

Council report included 'the wrong kind of groin' for Sidmouth seafront - Devon Live

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