Thursday 21 September 2017

Update 11 on the Environment Agency's work in Torcross

We’re pleased to confirm that sheet piles will start to arrive in Torcross from 17 October 2016 ready for the wall repair. We can start work as soon as we have both:

- planning approval from South Hams District Council
- a marine licence from the Marine Management Organisation


Our applications for both consents are currently being considered. We estimate the earliest construction start date will be early November 2016. We will update you when we have an exact start date. The repair will take about 3 months to complete.


The sheet piles will be stored in the Torcross Tank car park. The car park will be partially closed from 10 October, with full closure during sheet pile delivery periods and from the construction start date, until the repair is complete. We will keep the tank memorial and public toilets open to the public, with access available to the South West Coast Path and Slapton Ley hide. We’ll ask our contractors, BMM JV, to maintain as much public access to the car park as possible without compromising safety. We’ll also consider what changes we need to make to accommodate the 11 November Armistice Day events in Torcross.


We’ve produced a poster to help visitors to Torcross understand what’s going on and find alternative car parking along the road. We will display this on the Torcross Tank car park site. We’ve also attached a copy for local residents and businesses to use too. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.


In addition to this repair, the Environment Agency has contributed £15,000 to the Torcross and Slapton Beach Management Plan, in partnership with South Hams District Council, Slapton Line Partnership and Devon County Council.


Any enquiries about the Torcross project should be sent to dcisenquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk.