8. Why can’t the East Beach portion of the preferred option be constructed in isolation, with no wider improvements in Sidmouth?
There are not enough properties at risk from erosion at East Beach alone to generate enough funding from Central government to put the preferred option of a rock groyne in place.
This does not mean that Sidmouth Town is subsidising East Cliff, however as Sidmouth relies on East Cliff to protect it against storms caused by strong Easterly winds. If East Cliff were to be allowed to retreat further, large new sea defences would be needed where the old Alma Bridge once stood, which would require a greater amount of funding. It is therefore practical to look at improving Sidmouth Town Defences alongside East Cliff.