August 30, 2008

Bid to Protect Town From Sea ; A New Coastal Erosion Plan Could Be on the Way to Protect an East Devon Town From the Sea.

A new coastal erosion plan could be on the way to protect an East Devon town from the sea.

Moves are now under way to tackle the problem of erosion of the cliff face at Pennington Point, Sidmouth, and the safety issues raised by encroachment of the sea and landslips caused by heavy rain.

East Devon District Council is reviewing the state of the cliffs with the possibility of bringing forward a coastal protection scheme designed to give a degree of protection to Pennington Point near the mouth of the River Sid and reducing the threat to Eastern Town from waves as a result of coastal erosion and rising sea levels.

Councillor Graham Liverton, the district council's portfolio holder environment and a Sidmouth ward member, said: "We are determined to ensure that Sidmouth is protected.

"There are limits as to what we can do because of the constraints imposed by national agencies, World Heritage Coast status, land ownership and funding. But at least we can look at the options afresh.

"We propose to have completed the review and have a draft plan in place by the spring of 2009."

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