Sea Defence Scheme On The Rocks
7:46am 25th February 2014
Local authorities have come under fire after two dozen boulders arrived on Chesil Beach.
The Environment Agency has told Wessex FM the large rocks are going to be used as a temporary repair to the gabion sea defences. Working alongside the military they hope work will be finished by next Wednesday (5th March).
But Campaigners fear the boulders are going to be used to concrete an area below Quiddles Cafe on the seafront.
Portlander Storm Wallace says she spoke with a project manager from the Borough Council on the issue;
"Since the beach has repaired itself already over the last week what are their intentions now. He admitted to me - project manager - on the phone that he didn't realise the beach would repair itself this quickly. Why they're continuing with the work I don't know but since my call they said they are going to re-evaluate what they're doing."
"It shocks me that they didn't know and that they haven't researched Chesil beach at all. The work that they've planned revolves around the fact that clay is visible which they must have thought was permanent, but it's already gone. They definitely need to re-evaluate what they're doing."
The Crown Estate, who own the stretch of Chesil Beach, have weighed in on the argument too and told us they're talking with the Environment Agency to understand what's going on;
"We have recently been made aware that the Environment Agency is looking at proposals for new coastal protection measures at Chesil Beach. Whilst the Environment Agency is responsible for coastal protection, we are keen to understand their proposals further and will be liaising with them to find out more."
(Thanks to Sheila Hunn for the pic)