Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan was adopted by EDDC Cabinet in April 2017, the main recommendation of which is to implement a beach management scheme to maintain the protection from coastal flooding and reduce the rate of erosion of the cliffs on East Beach.
The preferred option for doing so recommended by the BMP is to;
- Construct one (or possibly two) rock groynes on East Beach
- Shorten the training wall (adjacent to the Fishermen’s area at Port Royal) to allow for maintenance access to East Beach
- Periodically import new shingle onto the beach
- Periodically recycle shingle (move it from where it accumulates to areas where it is being lost)
This option has been recommended as it represents the best balance of technical viability, environmental acceptability and cost.
The current stage of the project is to submit an Outline Business Case (OBC) to the Environment Agency for their consideration, they will evaluate the project as a whole before deciding whether to approve funding from DEFRA based on the reduction in flood and coastal erosion risk to be delivered. The plan is to submit the OBC in the Summer of 2019.