Works are going ahead to protect East Devon’s cliffs – including at Jacob’s Ladder at Sidmouth’s western beach:
Interestingly, the piece at Devon Live also refers to the Beach Management Plan at Sidmouth’s eastern beach:
The council is also progressing with a beach management scheme 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.
A new rock groyne and raising the height of Sidmouth’s sea wall are among the multi-million pound plans. 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.
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.