High public interest in BMP for Seaton with good attendance level at consultation event

Local people responded positively to East Devon District Council’s Seaton Beach Management Plan (BMP) public consultation, which was held on Thursday 25 May at Seaton Town Council’s Marshlands Centre.

The event was well attended with members of the public able to discuss the proposed BMP with East Devon’s BMP project team and the council’s consultants CH2M, who explained the BMP process and how the local community can help feed into it.

Information was given about the risk of flooding and erosion and people were invited to leave feedback and provide information, which will help shape the beach management plan.

Over the coming weeks, CH2M will undertake the baseline stage of the BMP, which is why any information about how the coastline has changed will be helpful in understanding the coastal processes at Seaton.

The BMP will map out how the beach should be managed over the next five years, in terms of the longer terms policies for flood and coastal erosion risk management from Axe Harbour to Seaton Hole.

For those who were unable to attend the drop-in day, the consultation material can be found on the East Devon website and there will be further opportunity to provide feedback on the project as it progresses.

Mark Williams, Axmouth harbour master, said:

It’s good to see so many people interested in Seaton’s beach, seafront and harbour and we welcome any comments and information that will improve our understanding of the coast and its needs.

Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said:

I attended the event and was pleased to hear a number of proposals, all of which will be considered. There is very clear desire from the community to improve the beach and seafront and East Devon is looking forward to working with a range of partners to achieve that aim.