More focus needed on crumbling coastline to protect Bournemouth’s Economy.
Bournemouth, according to a 2015 BBC report, is currently experiencing an annual deficit of just over three feet from its coastline.
in a 2013 report Bournemouth council suggested that at the current rate within 100 years, 109 commercial properties could be lost to erosion.
Barton on Sea some nine miles east of Bournemouth has experienced a very similar issue. Commercial land is being lost at an alarming rate because very little has been done to protect the coastline.
Barton on Sea Golf Course is one of said areas. Sean Trussell, General Manager said “We’ve had to re-model and even move some of our holes further inland at a substantial cost to us.”
“Our biggest fear was losing one of our loop of nine holes entirely, that would have been devastating economically and almost unrecoverable.”
“I am unaware of any management that covers our land with and the local council have provided no support or information in aid.”
If Bournemouth fail to manage the coastline the economic damage could be far greater than that of Barton on Sea.
In the small section of land between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers a potential nine commercial properties would be at singinficant risk erosion.
On a larger scale therefore it is expected that the economic damage could be monstrous.
MORE ON EROSION: