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Council promises to ‘finally address’ long-term safety of Northam Burrows landfill site

PUBLISHED: 10:53 07 February 2018

The storm damage on Northam Burrows. Picture: YellowBunny.Media

The storm damage on Northam Burrows. Picture: YellowBunny.Media

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Torridge District Council said it is committed to work together with other agencies to ensure the safety of the former landfill site at Northam Burrows after recent storm damage.

The leader of Torridge District Council has promised the long-term safety of the disused landfill site on Northam Burrows will ‘finally’ be addressed.

The council has issued a statement saying work is ongoing to repair the damage caused by Storm Eleanor.

It also said a further review of the site, and additional management arrangements, must be made, and that previous studies would be re-evaluated.

There have been concerns in recent weeks that the storm had breached the redundant landfill site, and also caused damage to the Royal North Devon Golf Club.

The storm damage on Northam Burrows. Picture: YellowBunny.Media The storm damage on Northam Burrows. Picture: YellowBunny.Media

As the coastal protection authority, TDC said it is taking the responsibility of managing the pebble ridge ‘very seriously’.

The council has been working with Devon County Council, who ran the landfill site until 1990, as well as the Environment Agency and Natural England to assess the damage.

Initial works have been done to limit any further damage and now historical record information and recent data collected will be re-reviewed ahead of any further storms.

TDC leader, councillor Jane Whittaker, said: “It really is great that all of the relevant organisations continue to work together and have set up the multi-agency task group to consider the long term options for the management of the land-fill site on the Burrows.

The storm damage on Northam Burrows. Picture: YellowBunny.Media The storm damage on Northam Burrows. Picture: YellowBunny.Media

“Although Torridge Council did act swiftly to begin the re-establishment of the coastal defences which were in place prior to Storm Eleanor, this is only the start of the job to be considered.

“Given the concerns being expressed by so many people I am absolutely determined that further positive steps will be taken to ensure that the long term safety of the tip is finally addressed and that the issues of a managed retreat is properly considered as well.”

A task group has been set up to consider the medium and long term options for the management of landfill site within the Burrows and the surrounding coastal defences.

In the meantime, TDC said it will continue to monitor the condition of the coastal defences and implement the short term maintenance of these defences for the safe management of the landfill site.

The storm damage on Northam Burrows. Picture: YellowBunny.Media The storm damage on Northam Burrows. Picture: YellowBunny.Media

Further information about the Shoreline Management Plan can be found at www.torridge.gov.uk/northamburrows

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