Saturday 29 April 2017

Update 7 from the Environment Agency at Torcross

Our project board met this week to review the repair options for Torcross. We are confident that our consultants have provided robust solutions for the stability of the defence at Torcross. As promised we’re sharing with you an overview of the options being considered.
What repair options are technically feasible?
1.
       Full rock revetment in front of the whole length of defence – this option is likely to result in full loss of the beach (similar to Beesands). We are concerned about the impact of this option on the community in Torcross.
2.       Concrete Armour in front of the whole length of defence - this option is likely to result in loss of the beach, although less than with option 1. We are concerned about the impact of this option on the community in Torcross.
3.       New steel sheet piled wall – this option would involve driving a new piled wall approximately 1 metre in front of existing defence to a greater depth than the existing piling, to provide greater protection to the structure from reduced beach levels. This wall could be either along the full length of defence or just in front of the damaged areas, with or without rock in front.
4.       Beach management – this option would involve recharging the beach in front of the existing defence. Any recharge will need to take into account 2015 experiences and the potential for ongoing management.
5.    Combination of Option 3 and 4 – this option would involve a combination of new steel sheet piled wall and recharging the beach. This option would help increase the lifespan of the new sheet piled wall.
What repair options are economically feasible?

When investing tax payer’s money, government requires us to follow appraisal and funding guidance to ensure we are providing a cost effective solution over the life of the defence and ensure value for money.  The preferred option will be the one that has the highest benefit to cost ratio (i.e. the one which gives the best value comparing the cost with the damage avoided) provided the solution is technically feasible.
Tell us what you think

As well as choosing a technically and economically feasible option, we also want to endeavour to choose a solution that enables residents to continue to enjoy Torcross. This means we need to know more about what you think of the options presented above.
Please send any feedback on the options above through to your community representative, Bill Fletcher-Neal by the 6th May 2016 to williamfn@btinternet.com or calling 01548 581 036. Bill has kindly agreed to collate these comments for us.  We will also hold a drop in to answer any questions individual residents and businesses have about the options if you think this would be useful.
All your comments will be taken to the project board in May to make a decision about which option is preferred. We’ll share a further update once this has happened.

  • Publish Date: Friday 22nd April 2016