grow over 'increasing' Burnham-On-Sea beach erosion
A regular Burnham-On-Sea beach user has this week raised concerns
over the amount of sand being washed away from the town's beach
and warned the problem could worsen with the removal of the boating
Burt, pictured, warned town councillors at their meeting this
week that beach erosion in Burnham is a matter of "concern."
says the poor condition of aging breakwaters means sand is not
being held in place - and the imminent demolition of the beach
boating pool could make the problems worse.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I recently visited the Burnham
War Memorial Boating Pool to establish for myself the state of
the pool and my attention was drawn to the watery mud moat which
has formed around it. Sand has been washed away around the pool,
exposing the pool structure."
north of the pool, sand has also been washed away, exposing three
timber breakwaters. These are in need of repair and some of the
supports and horizontal timbers have disappeared."
structures are failing to hold the sand in position and now the
sand is being washed away. This action has formed a water channel
in the sand and water is draining south around the boating pool,
taking the sand out to sea."
has written to Sedgemoor District Council regarding the poor condition
of the wooden structures and he is unhappy about the response.
direct reference was made to the breakwaters and the poor state
of their repair was by-passed," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
the council has not carried out an environmental survey on the
removal of the boating pool."
a life-long resident of Burnham, added: "While we must accept
that changing seasons and tides have always affected the sand
levels, these breakwaters would not have been constructed should
they not have been necessary."
Town Council has said it will look further into the matter. Town
Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have written
to SDC on behalf of the Town Council to ask if they can undertake
any additional monitoring of the sand movement, and following
further correspondence from Mr Burt on Wednesday I have written
to DEFRA to ask for their views, particulary in the light of Mr
Burt's comments about