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SIDMOUTH: Work on beach management plan set back three months

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Work to collect data to help design a Beach Management Plan (BMP) for Sidmouth has been delayed by three months, the project team announced this week. The project, sponsored by East Devon District Council (EDDC), aims to ensure Sidmouth’s sea defences are performing as expected and to consider what steps need to be taken to reduce the rate of erosion at East Beach. But the working group managing the project now expects the information gathering exercise to take up to three months longer than originally planned and the next steering group meeting has been postponed until September. Councillor Andrew Moulding, who chairs the BMP steering group, said: “In the course of the data review for this project we have identified other reports related to the Beach Management Plan which we need to review in order to maintain the quality of the project and ensure the end result is the right one. “This data review has delayed the overall project by around three months, which means the next steering group meeting to look at the baseline information for the plan will be delayed until September, with project completion now estimated to happen around April 2015.” The project team is aware of some important historical data, which could be crucial to the design of the BMP, but it could be some time before this material can be provided and analysed. EDDC says the missing data could be vital in helping the team understand the design standards of the most recent coastal protection schemes, and will help them to decide on any new beach management processes or physical structures. Councillor Moulding added: “It is unfortunate that there will be a slight delay in this project. But we need to ensure that we are being thorough in examining all the historical data. “If that means a delay in order to enrich the final stock of information then it will be worth the wait”.

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