Don’t miss East Devon District Council’s beach management plan consultation Thursday 7 December at Seaton Tesco, 3pm-7pm

Seaton’s local residents and beach users will shortly have a chance to have their say on the short listed options for the town’s Beach Management Plan (BMP) at a consultation held by East Devon District Council and its consultants, CH2M, on Thursday 7 December 2017 in the foyer at Seaton Tesco from 3pm to 7pm.

The council would like to get feedback from as many interested parties as possible and is keen to encourage the community, as well as beach users to participate by coming along to the consultation and finding out more about the BMP.

This is the final consultation for the BMP that the council is holding, so it is important that people come and find out more for themselves about the ways in which coastal flood and erosion risk in Seaton could be managed and to give the council and CH2M their comments.

The BMP will set out the actions over the short term, to manage the risk of coastal erosion and flooding over the longer term. The baseline studies for the beach management plan identified that up to 20 properties are at risk of flooding from present day storm conditions and approximately £6 million of property damage could be incurred through erosion over the next 100 years.

The BMP has considered a number of different ways to reduce or manage these risks and it is the views of local people on these options that the council is seeking at the final public consultation. The public consultation will inform the appraisal of these options and the final recommendations of the beach management plan, which is planned for adoption by East Devon early in 2018. 

Options under consideration include:

• taking shingle from the Eastern end of Seaton beach to replace shingle lost at the Western end, to create a healthier beach between Seaton and Seaton Hole, and to widen the beach in front of the town
• rearrange the existing rock revetment between Seaton and Seaton Hole to restore it to its original profile
• extend the rock revetment at either end, to replace the concrete revetment nearest Seaton Hole, which is in poor condition, and replace the gabion baskets near the end of West Walk
• improve the drainage behind the town’s main seawall to reduce flood water going inland

Cllr Marcus Hartnell, East Devon’s deputy portfolio holder for the environment and ward member for Seaton, said:

There’s a vast array of possible solutions to these problems, and we’re really keen to get the views of people who use and enjoy the wonderful beach at Seaton to help us in our consideration of these options. It’s been great to see so many different people and groups contribute to this plan and I’d love as many people as possible to come along in December and have their say on the options being considered.

Non technical summaries / baseline reports can be found on the councils website.