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The Environment Agency and Teignbridge District Council (TDC) are working together on the Dawlish Warren beach management scheme.
A public exhibition was held in November 2015 to provide people with information on the scheme.
You can view the posters used at the exhibition on Flickr.
The main scheme is due to commence in 2017, but due to significant damage suffered to the groynes during the storms of winter 2015/16 a package of emergency works was completed in spring 2016. Over the summer of 2016, a further programme of refurbishment and maintenance works was completed, focusing on groynes 5 to 9. These works have now successfully been completed, and given a head start to the main works due to commence in 2017.
Outline of work
Setting up the construction site will start in January 2017 with the works lasting approximately 9 months. During the beach recharge works certain areas of the beach will be closed to ensure public safety, but every effort will be made to ensure public access to the amenities at Dawlish Warren.
- January 2017: establishing site compound in beach road car park
- February, March and May 2017: removal of existing gabion stone, completed in 2 phases to avoid the busy Easter holiday period
- April to June 2017: installation of new timber groynes at groynes 10 to 14
- May 2017: work commences at the neck following relocation of sand lizards
- June to August 2017: dredging of material from Pole Sands, pumped onshore to replenish beach (restricted to these months to protect marine fauna)
- 24 July 2017: planned completion of work at the amenity area (groynes 1 to 4) ahead of summer holidays
- September 2017: completion of works
Background to project
The Exe Estuary Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy identified that the narrow part (or neck) of Dawlish Warren is at risk of being broken through (breached) as a result of sea level rise and storms. If this happened, it would increase the risk of flooding to the railway line and estuary communities such as Starcross, Lympstone and Exmouth.
The strategy suggested that a range of works are needed at Dawlish Warren to allow the sand spit to continue to act as a barrier to storm waves. It will also improve the quality of the beach and allow the sand dunes to recover.