The Environment Agency is about to hold a public drop-in session ahead of the construction of Dawlish beach management scheme.
The session will take place on Thursday, 26 January, 3pm to 8pm, at Mount Pleasant Inn, Dawlish Warren.
It will give residents the chance to find out about the £14 million Dawlish beach scheme which gets underway this month, and how the Environment Agency and Teignbridge District Council are working together to complete the project by September.
Richard Cox, project manager for the Environment Agency said: “We have invested a great deal of energy and time planning this scheme and have kept those who live and work in Dawlish and surrounding areas informed of developments.”
“We are phasing works so that construction on the most heavily used sections of beach at the western end of the Warren are complete before the 2017 summer school holidays. Access to at least some part of the beach will be maintained at all times,” added Richard Cox.
Key works will take place:
- January: establishing site compounds in Beach Road car park and around the Warren;
- February, March and May: removing existing gabion stone – to be completed in two phases to avoid the Easter holiday period and allow translocation of sand lizards;
- April to June: installing new timber groynes (groynes 10 to 14);
- May: starting work on the defenses at the ‘neck’;
- June to mid-July: dredging material from Pole Sands, pumped onshore between groyne 1 and 4 to be complete before the start of the summer holiday;
- mid-July to end of August: complete remaining beach replenishment work between groyne 4 to 14;
- September: works completed.
Contractor BMMJV will carry out the construction.