EDDC backs sea defence study - 'sobering times'

PUBLISHED: 09:30 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

THE study into the future of Exmouth's sea defences has been given the backing of East Devon District Council. The Exe Estuary Coastal Management Study is to develop a long-term strategy for the coastal defences at Exmouth and Dawlish Warren to reduce t

THE study into the future of Exmouth's sea defences has been given the backing of East Devon District Council.The Exe Estuary Coastal Management Study is to develop a long-term strategy for the coastal defences at Exmouth and Dawlish Warren - to reduce the threat of flooding and deliver the greatest environmental, social and economic benefit to the area.Councillor Graham Liverton, EDDC's Portfolio Holder Environment, said: "It is a sobering thought that the next 100 years could see a dramatic increase in the impact the sea and the weather have on our coastline."It is a heavy responsibility on those of us charged with policy-making that we take the right decisions for all concerned."He admitted there were 'many sensitivities' connected with the study - and they would consult thoroughly with the public before anything was decided.The final decision, he said, would take into account the impact on the environment and wildlife, communities, the economy and tourism and funding.He said: "Some of the technical solutions being proposed are easy to accept, while others are much more controversial - for example, the possibility of managed realignment at The Maer in the medium to long term. "There will be pressures from some quarters to do more than is necessary and from others to do nothing at all. "The challenge will be to find the right balance so that we work with one another and with nature to come up with the best all-round solution."He said protecting the interests of existing businesses and maintaining Exmouth's reputation as a 'welcoming' family resort was the priority. "As a landowner on Exmouth seafront ourselves, we at EDDC understand the issues and share the concerns of the many people who have business and commercial interests in the area.

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