WORRIES for the future of Northam Burrows continue, with Torridge District Council this week expressing dismay at the response of the Secretary of State for the Environment to its call for work to strengthen the protective pebble ridge. Erosion by the

WORRIES for the future of Northam Burrows continue, with Torridge District Council this week expressing "dismay" at the response of the Secretary of State for the Environment to its call for work to strengthen the protective pebble ridge. Erosion by the sea has seen parts of the Burrows washed away in the past year, bringing fears of further inundation, loss of parts of the famous Royal North Devon golf links and that toxic waste from a former rubbish tip could be exposed and washed into the sea.The council wrote to the Secretary of State outlining local concerns and suggesting that the ridge be re-charged, as it has been in the past, or at least until a new Shoreline Management Plan, due by the end of 2009, has been completed.Local people formerly played their parts through an annual "potwalloping day" when they threw back pebbles washed from the ridge during the winter storms. Ray Webster, the council's head of environment and public protection, said: "We have acknowledged that recharging the pebble ridge is not a long-term solution and that the shoreline will re-align naturally over time. The potential risks presented by the old tip have been highlighted, but the Secretary of State has referred the matter to Natural England, who reject recharging the ridge and any short-term risks to the tip."Council leader James Morrish said: "We are concerned about the erosion at the Burrows and are keen to prevent any problems that may arise from flooding and could impact on the landfill site."Local residents, who understood the area were far from satisfied with the apparent lack of action, he said.