Go ahead for Seaton Beach Management Plan

PUBLISHED: 14:15 11 May 2017

Seaton seafront

Seaton seafront

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Blueprint to protect the seafront from flooding and coastal erosion

District councillors have given the go ahead for the production of a beach management plan for Seaton.

Coastal flooding experts CH2M have been appointed to produce the document, following a rigorous and competitive tender process.

CH2M are who have already produced over 20 beach management plans for areas across the South West of England, including Exmouth and Sidmouth. The company will start work this month, aiming to complete it this year.

The brief for the project was developed in conjunction with statutory consultees including the Environment Agency and Natural England, as well as with local community groups with an interest in the beach including the town council, yacht club and fishermen.

The objective of the SBMP is to plan how the beach will be managed over the next five years. It will look at longer term policies for flood and coastal erosion risk management from Axe Harbour to Seaton Hole, and the need to ensure the long term sustainability of the harbour for fishing and recreation.

The project involves six main stages:

• Project initiation and planning

• Collation of available data

• An assessment of the existing coastal processes, flood and erosion risks, as well as the condition of existing sea defences and the environmental setting

• The establishment of baselines for defences, coastal processes, environment and economics

• The consideration of future options for the management of coastal flooding and erosion risks

• Advising on the actions that will need to be taken over the next five years to implement those options and to manage the beach.

Mark Williams, EDDC’s chief executive said: “The study presents a number of challenges as well as opportunities to improve Seaton’s defences and to enhance the seafront. CH2M’s Exeter based team has an excellent track record of developing Beach Management Plans with local communities to address these needs.”

Dr Jonathan Rogers, CH2M Coastal Team Leader UK, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for Seaton’s Beach Management Plan, and we look forward to working in partnership with East Devon and the local community.”

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