Published: April 7, 2010
Council acts swiftly after metal debris emerges on beach

Sedgemoor District Council acted swifted on Wednesday (April 7th) to investigate several sets of rusty metal spikes which emerged out of the sand at the spot where Burnham-On-Sea's beach boating pool was removed last month. visited the site on Wednesday morning and found the debris, pictured above, just metres away from where children were playing with bare feet.

Walkers first raised the alarm on's discussion forums after spotting the debris on Tuesday.

Sedgemoor District Council got back in contact with the contractors who dismantled the beach pool in March on Wednesday and the council has asked them to remove the material.

Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told "Upon inspection, it was found that the small pieces of reinforcement mesh embedded into fragment of concrete in the vicinity of the demolished pool which are clearly from the demolition of the boating pool. These have been removed."

"The pieces were there purely as a result of the slab shattering into small pieces when the demolition was carried out and sunk back down into the mud and sand. This was an unavoidable result of working on soft sand with heavy machinery. The area was further protected by 300 tonnes of sand which was put on top of the site."

"The bits and pieces that have surfaced due to the spring tides and extreme winds and weather should not be there and the contractor is returning to the site tomorrow morning and will hand pick the area and remove any other metal and debris present."

A pet dog was injured by the debris on Tuesday and a member of Burnham's discussion forums added: "My dog yelped and jumped a bit - I walked over to take a look and saw a large lump of metal bar, the stuff that strengthens concrete."


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