Exmouth beach ‘soft spot’ investigations complete

PUBLISHED: 15:13 05 September 2017

Investigation work taking place on Exmouth beach to discover the cause of a 'soft spot'. Picture: East Devon District Council

Investigation work taking place on Exmouth beach to discover the cause of a 'soft spot'. Picture: East Devon District Council

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Investigations on the beach near Carlton Hill, Exmouth, discover that a water infiltration device had collapsed causing a ‘soft spot’.

Investigations on the cause of an Exmouth beach ‘soft spot’ have been taking place this week.

Earlier this year a soft spot in the sand near Carlton Hill was reported with water being forced up from a pipe draining the near by highway.

Initial investigations before the summer peak season proved to be ‘inconclusive’. Further Assessment this week has found that a water infiltration device beneath the surface had collapsed.

An EDDC spokesman said: “We undertook preliminary investigations before the summer holidays but these had proved inconclusive.

“In particular it was unclear where the pipe discharged to and the extent of any blockage.

“We’ve been excavating the pipe itself, to confirm the depth, position and discharge location.

“We discovered that the pipe is a considerable depth below the surface of the beach and the soakaway structure it discharges to appears to have collapsed, causing the soft spot in the sand.

“Now that the pipe has been surveyed, we have reinstated the beach and are planning permanent works to prevent the soft spot reappearing.”

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