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Updated: Emergency work underway to stop Northam Burrows erosion

14:08 25 October 2012

The Royal North Devon Golf Club tweeted pictures of the erosion at Northam Burrows.

The Royal North Devon Golf Club tweeted pictures of the erosion at Northam Burrows.

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Councils join forces to protect further erosion exposing old landfill site.

AN EMERGENCY plan will be put into place next month to protect further coastal erosion of an old landfill site on Northam Burrows.

Torridge District Council and Devon County Council called a summit yesterday afternoon (Wed) to find a short term solution to the problem.

The work, which is estimated to cost in the region of £3,000, must be completed by November 13 when the next spring tide is due.

The total comes in at £7k less than what the councils originally feared it might cost.

It is estimated the work will take between two-to-three days and will be started on November 5.

A spokesman for Torridge said: “We need to solve this problem as quickly as possible because if we have storms and heavy rain again the next spring tide could cause problems.

“We are going to have to extend the rock armour which will involve moving three-to-five tonne boulders across the burrows and into place.

“In the long term though, we are going to have to come up with a solution to prevent this happening again.

“We will also have to create a gentler slope down to the pebbles because essentially what we have now is a 4ft cliff which someone could fall down.

“Of course any rubbish we find along the way we will take away and dispose of.”

The Gazette reported last week that the spring tides has exposed plastic bags and refuse at the edge of where an old dump, used from the early 1940s to the mid 1990s, lies buried beneath the sand dunes.

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