7. What is the preferred option?
The preferred long term management option proposed within the BMP is described as follows:
…to seek to construct one new rock groyne along East Beach over a distance of up to 200m east of the River Sid, whilst modifying the length of the seaward end of the River Sid training wall and East Pier rock groyne to improve sediment transport between Sidmouth Town beach and East Beach.
This will also enable access for future beach management at East Beach. This is to be supported by repairs to the seaward end of the training wall as well as ongoing recycling of sediment along Sidmouth Town beach and maintenance of the existing defences at Jacob’s Ladder Beach and Connaught Gardens (around Chit Rocks).
This option was selected as it provides the best balance between technical viability, environmental acceptability and economic case.