up Stert Island to protect Burnham from flooding' - councillor
town councillor has this week called on the Environment Agency
to introduce huge new granite boulders on the Western side of
Stert Island to protect Burnham-On-Sea from flooding.
Neville Jones told Monday night's Town Council meeting that the
island acts as a barrier to flooding for Burnham, reducing the
impact of storms, and needs to be shored up.
Island is Burnham's first line of defence against flooding. I
have constantly asked for it to be shored up and protected, but
nothing is done and the island is gradually vanishing," he
a few years ago it used to be 25 acres of green land where sheep
would graze in summer but now there is very little of it left
and the island often gets breached in four places on very high
need granite boulders quickly introduced on the other side of
the island or it will go."
the Environment Agency team - who were at Monday's meeting to
outline their plans for managing the Steart Peninusula - said
spending money on protecting Stert Island could not be justified.
Agency's Nigel Bennett said: "We can't justify spending money
on shoring up the island because it is only agricultural land
and relatively few properties would be protected."
Cllr Jones hit back, saying: "The island is the main defence
for 20,000 homes in Burnham - that should be enough to justify
Lovell, Chairman of the Regional Flood Study Group, confirmed:
"The island is not nationally recognised as a piece of flood
defence," although he said everything would be done to protect
the Burnham area from flooding.
Environment Agency's is examining four options to reduce the potential
for flooding in the area.
include doing nothing, continuing with normal day-to-day coastal
management, taking water off the Severn to form a new channel,
and also taking water from the River Parrett to create new defences.
A public consultation period on the plans will end on April 20th.