Race is on to prevent Burrows erosion

Diggers shift pebbles and boulders in bid to ‘re-armour’ coastline.

A RACE is on to safeguard part of Northam Burrows from erosion before next week’s high tides.

Contractors are currently fortifying the sand dunes amid fears that spring tides on November 13 could release refuse from an old landfill site into the estuary.

Last month, a combination of stormy seas and similar sized tides unearthed part of the old dump, used from the early 1940s to the mid 1990s.

Following an emergency meeting between Torridge District Council, which owns the Burrows, and Devon County Council, which is responsible for the dump, a plan is being put in place to ‘re-armour’ the coastline in the short-term.

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Diggers are lining the four-feet-high dunes with pebbles already on the beach to prevent them from collapsing, and to create a smooth gradient to the sand below.

The �3,000 scheme – the cost of which is being shared by the two councils – will also involve moving large boulders back up the beach to the area where rubbish has been exposed.

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Further three-to-five tonne boulders are expected to be shipped in this week to plug the gaps where necessary.

A spokesperson for the district council said: “We’ve got to get this done before the high tides next week to ensure nothing gets washed into the estuary.

“We will be monitoring the situation over the coming weeks to see if it works.”

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