A timeline to briefly suggest what could happen to Bournemouth if erosion continues at its current rate.
This timeline has been designed to highlight the potential risks coastal erosion causes to the economy should the business as usual management style be adapted.
2016: Present Day – Erosion not considered a threat to businesses as yet. The current rate of a three feet loss of land a year bodes disasterous for the future.
2026: Ten Years of Erosion – In ten years at the current rate of erosion, 30 feet of land is expected to be lost along the Bournemouth coastline beginning to become an issue for local business and authorities.
2036: 20 Years of Erosion – 20 years of erosion will see a defecit of a further 30 feet from the coastline, causing more issues for seafront businesses such as hotels and restaurants placing their ventures at risk.
2046: 30 Years of Erosion – An ever expanding defecit now expected to have reached 90 feet inland no likely to have caused the closure of hundreds of hotels and restaurants as well as beginning to threaten agricultural and recreational land.
2056: 40 Years of Erosion – Almost complete financial disaster as agricultural land is needed saving along with recreational land, Hotels and restaurants pushed back inland at a further cost as the rate reached 120 feet.
2066: 50 Years of Erosion – Nearly 50 commercial properties expected to have been lost to erosion with the loss of land at a staggering 150 feet troubling Bournemouth’s economy.
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