Guide Sidmouth Beach Management Plan: Frequently Asked Questions

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33. If the barrier were placed along the current railings rather than between the Esplanade and the road, would the same height of barrier be needed?

No it would need to be much taller, this is because the waves generally go upwards, but as they crash down, a lot more water would fall on the town side of the sea wall, flooding the town.  Its not the spray we are trying to stop, but the volumes of water in the big wave coming over.