Council tenders for consultant to research and write beach management plan for Seaton

Statutory stakeholders and local stakeholders for Seaton have agreed a brief for the town’s Beach Management Plan (BMP) and East Devon District Council has now begun the tender process to find and appoint a consultant who can undertake the necessary analysis of flooding and coastal erosion issues affecting Seaton and to write a BMP for the town.

Already the council has received a good response to its tender with expressions of interest from 11 companies, the majority of whom are based locally with excellent experience of managing coastal erosion and flooding issues in the district.

Once the tender process has been completed, the council will appoint the successful consultant towards the end of March 2017 with a view to completing the BMP in Autumn 2017.

Commenting on Seaton’s BMP, Cllr Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment said:

Seaton’s BMP is a vital tool for managing the town’s beach and minimising the risks of flood and coastal erosion. It will take into consideration the many different uses and functions that the beach fulfils and, hopefully, will provide stability or better still improvements to them.

We appreciate the valuable input that our professional partners, as well as the local community and businesses have put into the BMP project so far. Their expertise has assisted us in completing the brief we put out to tender and we look forward to working together to complete this scheme in a good timescale.

Councillor Marcus Hartnell, East Devon District Council’s ward member for Seaton and lead councillor for Seaton Town said:

I am very pleased to see the beach management plan progress to the tendering stage and look forward to further engagement with the community once the successful consultant is appointed.