Four options to help save Exmouth and Exe villages

PUBLISHED: 09:35 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

A SENIOR coastal scientist has said that plans to prevent coastal erosion on the Exe Estuary would not be at the expense of Pole Sands. One of the options presented by the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) is to shore up Exmouth and Dawlish Warren with sedi

A SENIOR coastal scientist has said that plans to prevent coastal erosion on the Exe Estuary would not be at the expense of Pole Sands.One of the options presented by the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) is to shore up Exmouth and Dawlish Warren with sediment dredged from Pole Sands.Senior coastal scientist Dan Fox, from Exmouth, said Pole Sands was likely to remain. He told the Journal: "Pole Sands in its present form has been there for 150 years, but I suspect it has been there for a good six to eight thousand years and will continued remain there in some form."He added that the SMP had four options over three time periods - up to 20 years, up to 50 and 100 years time.The options were to hold the existing sea defences, advance or upgrade the defences, a managed 'retreat' or do nothing. He added that, regardless of what they did, it was likely the seafront would change; either by letting nature take its course or by a managed realignment in some form.But, if nothing was done, he said places like Lympstone, Topsham and Starcross would be more susceptible to flooding.

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