Residents updated on Seaton Beach Management Plan

PUBLISHED: 07:03 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:31 19 September 2017

Seaton seafront

Seaton seafront

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Work to protect homes from the sea is progressing well

A recent drop in session for people to learn more about Seaton’s Beach Management Plan (BMP) project has been hailed ‘successful and instructive’.

Residents were able to meet up with East Devon District Council officials and their consultants, CH2M, to learn more about the work undertaken so far and to hear the findings of the baseline reports.

Prior to the drop-in, the project’s Stakeholder Group met with East Devon and CH2M to discuss the baseline report and non-technical summary, which CH2M has produced covering four topic areas. These are: Environment, Defences, Coastal Processes and Economics.

The findings from the these baseline reports will be used to inform the Options Appraisal, which is the next stage of the BMP process, as well as to inform future management of the beach.

Although the town’s sea defences are in good condition, there are some areas towards the west, which are cause for concern and these will need further consideration during the options appraisal.

The overtopping assessment looks at those properties, which are at risk from waves breaking over the seawall. Where the beach is narrower towards the west of the town, the risk of this is higher with property damage expected to occur on a more frequent basis with up to 20 properties at risk during more extreme storms.

Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “The completion of the baseline reports is a really important step for the BMP, and sets expectations as we move forward to work with local people to look at options to reduce the risk along Seaton’s coastline.”

Cllr Marcus Hartnell, lead councillor for Seaton and chairman of the Stakeholder Group, said:

“It was good to hear about all the work that has been carried out so far and I was pleased to see so many people attending the drop-in session to find out for themselves the results of the work to date.”

Non-technical summaries and baseline reports for the Seaton BMP can be found on the East Devon District Council website: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/coastal-protection/beach-management-plans/seaton-beach-management-plan/baseline-reports/

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