No to restoration

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 February 2014

Should Exmouth’s sand dunes be restored? The short answer is no.

Attempts have been made over the years to increase the amount of marram grass required to bind the sand and they have all failed for the following reasons:-

1. The proximity of the dunes to the sea. In storms the water hits the dunes and erodes the sand with the force of the waves and wind.

2. The size of the dunes. They are far too small to enable them to be fenced off for a number of years to allow marram grass to get established to the density required to withstand the wind and the eroding effect of children.

3. Every year the road behind the dunes gets swamped by sand blown off the dunes, costing the residents of Exmouth a huge sum of money to clear up many times a year.

4. The cost of restoring the dunes will be wasted when they get washed and blown away again in the coming years and would be far better spent by the Environment Agency where protection from flooding is urgently required.

5. If the dunes are flattened entirely, the use of snow fencing during the winter would be far more effective and the problem of sand on the road caused by wind would be greatly reduced making for far better use of our council tax.

G Mayled

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