Beach Management Plan: alternative views and new studies

“Ironically the Preferred Option is the most expensive of all the options that have been considered.”

A Plymouth University study suggests that parts of the coastline East of the River Sid at Sidmouth may see more erosion than previously predicted.

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The District Council gave an upbeat assessment of the latest stage in the BMP – with a promise of working within “the new administration’s policy of openness and transparency”:

Beach Management Plan: latest meeting report – Vision Group for Sidmouth

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The local press followed with the same positive assessment:

Sidmouth coast protection could start in 2022 – Radio Exe

Sidmouth beach management plan … a new (and welcome) approach | East Devon Watch

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However, this view has been brought up short by an alternative assessment published today:

“Ironically the Preferred Option is the most expensive of all the options that have been considered.”

A resident comments on the Sidmouth Beach Management Plan | East Devon Watch

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Meanwhile, a press report out today, the District Council lets it  be known that

“A report on University of Plymouth research, estimating future rates of coastal erosion in East Devon over the next 100 years, will be considered by the council’s Strategic Planning Committee on Tuesday 20th October.:

It does not, however, take into account the protection that East Devon Beach Management Plan schemes currently in design will deliver.

The study suggests that parts of the coastline at Seaton, areas either side of Branscombe and East of the River Sid at Sidmouth may see more erosion than previously predicted.

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13 October 2020 – Councillors consider University of Plymouth research on coastal change in East Devon – East Devon

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For another look at rates of coastal erosion, see:

Erosion at Sidmouth in pictures – Vision Group for Sidmouth

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