Beach Management Plan

Seaton Beach Management Action Plan published – important proposals which need to be taken forward

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The consultants’ report to go to EDDC is now available here. It’s extremely long, informative and thorough, and my first reaction is that we need to press EDDC to adopt the recommendations and – where necessary – look hard for funding so that more of this agenda can be carried out, to top up the relatively modest statutory funding. There are some ‘wish list’ items which are not included – like the extension of the West Walk to Seaton Hole, which was costed at £4m – but all the items in the list below are things which really must be addressed.

Upgrade concrete encased revetment at Seaton Hole.

Maintain ‘old and new’ revetment at Seaton Hole / Old Beer Road

Extend ‘new’ revetment at ‘The Pillar’.

Upgrade Check House wall.

Maintain West Walk Promenade including concrete / stone blockwork.

Do Nothing: Seaton spit, and consult with SMP (Shoreline Management Plan) group to guide future management of the landward side of the spit 

New defences west bank Axe Estuary.

Consider whether to undertake beach recycling, guided by ongoing monitoring, consultation with SMP group and new study

Cliff drainage measures. EDDC to investigate suitable options for cliff‐top drainage (that are agreeable environmentally and affordable), and for EDDC to identify a funding stream for this erosion risk management activity. A study into surface water flows on the cliff‐top would also be required in support.

Works to address undermining of Seaton Hole outfall.

Assessment of pathway along concrete encased revetment at Seaton Hole.

Address issue of pollution of beach at Old Beer Road. To be informed by an investigation and if relevant, development of suitable options.

More monitoring, extended to Beer