The next high tides could wipe out a sea defence bank at Braunton Burrows near Velator

The damage to the estuary bank at Horsey Island on Braunton Burrows. Picture: Brad BunyardThe damage to the estuary bank at Horsey Island on Braunton Burrows. Picture: Brad Bunyard

The estuary bank at Horsey Island near Velator in Braunton could be washed away altogether on the next high tides.

A section of the sea defences collapsed in October but the tide has since washed away swathes of the bank, which is now threatened with breach.

Parish Councillor Brad Bunyard told the North Devon Gazette it was 'a mess down there'.

"It's going to come through in the next couple of weeks, the next time we have big tides - it's going at the rate of one metre every couple of days at the moment."

Mr Bunyard said the loss of the bank and tidal sluice gate could put more pressure on the marshes, saturating them with water and meaning they are unable to absorb extra rainwater run-off.

He added: "The footpath is lost and potentially access to the fishermen's huts on the corner, plus the additional pressure on the Biosphere area."

The damage has increased massively since we first reported on the collapse back in October.