Bournemouth Council continues it’s fight to preserve local coastline.
The Bournemouth Beach Management Scheme, a 17 year plan in place to protect the local coastline, is seeing eight new groynes being replaced on the beach east of Fisherman’s Walk towards Southbourne.
Work on the new groynes is due for completion sometime in late spring of 2017.
The groynes replacement is part of the Bournemouth Beach Management Scheme. Planned from 2015 to 2032, it will see a revitalization of the local beach area and coastline that attracts thousands of tourists every year.
The scheme will also provide a beach replenishment, every five years.
The scheme is a three-phase protection plan for the coastline. It will cost around £50 million and is in majority funded by the Environmental Agency.
Phase one which encompasses the current work and future works leading up to 2020, will cost at around £17.5 million.
As part, the scheme will see a replacement of 53 of the existing groynes whilst also creating an additional three new ones.
“Safety has to come above the aesthetics of the beach.”
A local resident, Drew Miller, stated that “replenishment of the beach is an important habit to get into.” However he raised worries over the the installation of groynes and that “by the time the project is finished, they will be half way through their life span.”
Moreover, during discussion Mr. Miller raised an important issue about the money prioritization of the council. Referring to a recent landslide that took place in East Cliff near the John Egging Memorial. “I think that safety has to come above the aesthetics of the beach.”
For more information on the Beach Management Scheme visit: http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/AttractionsLeisure/BeachesandWaterfront/BeachManagementScheme/BeachManagementScheme.aspx