Teignmouth Coastal Protection Project About to Begin
Work to reduce the flood risk to over 400 properties in Teignmouth from flooding will get underway this month, Teignbridge District Council just announced.
Teignbridge is working to ensure that people, homes and businesses are protected from flooding by carrying out essential repairs and renewal to the sea defense structure at The Point.
This coastal protection scheme will help preserve the integrity of the existing sea wall for another 75 years and will continue to protect over 400 homes and businesses in the lower lying area of the town.
Teignbridge District Council’s executive member for coastal services, Cllr Humphrey Clemens, said: “This work is really important and will help reduce the flood risk to homes and businesses. The existing structure nearest the sea has weathered many a stormy battering and is coming to the end of its useful life.”
“This additional flood protection is vital and very timely in view of the increasing severity of recent storms. The Environment Agency and Teignbridge recognize that Teignmouth is vulnerable around the Point and it is clear that the proposed defenses are designed to strengthen the sea wall for the long term,” Cllr Sylvia Russell added.
Work is due to start on 27 February and will be wrapped up before the end of June. Construction will be carried out by local firm Teignmouth Maritime Services Ltd.
The £1.3 million cost of the project is being funded by the Government through the flood defense grant in aid administered by the Environment Agency.