The District Council is making efforts to explain its plans for Sidmouth’s BMP with this press release from today:
Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan FAQ web pages updated and project’s next steps outlined
Complex background to coastal erosion and flood management scheme is explained through questions posed by the public and answered by East Devon BMP project team
East Devon District Council has updated and extended the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page of the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan (BMP) section on the East Devon website to incorporate a number of recent developments within the scheme, which it was felt would be beneficial to the public to have further explanation…
East Devon is keen to receive feedback from the public on the BMP FAQs and to receive further relevant questions, which people would like to see answered in the FAQ section. Questions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org The project team is also keeping a list of all the technical questions that are being raised for discussion in the forthcoming Steering Group meeting.
Project next steps:
Responding to the level of questions raised locally about the proposal to raise the existing splash defence and the preferred option delivery, the project team has been investigating several areas to try and help move the project forwards, including various design options for the splash defence:
- The Chairman of the Steering Group, Cllr Geoff Jung attended a Sidmouth Town Council meeting on 6 January 2020.
- The project team will be setting up a separate meeting in early January 2020 with Hoteliers and Local Group representatives, aimed at explaining the preferred option, project next steps and options for the splash defence.
- The installation of a trial glass splash defence panel in the New Year will give the council important insight into the feasibility of this material as a possible alternative to a concrete splash defence in some locations.
- A Steering Group meeting will be arranged for mid-February 2020 to receive updates on the project and funding progress, as well as considering a range of material and technical options for the delivery of the project.
The Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan FAQs can be found on the East Devon website.