residents call on Environment Agency to halt sand problem
group of Burnham-On-Sea residents is calling on the Environment
Agency to do more to prevent large amounts of sand blocking drives
and gates along their road during high winds.
in Maddock's Slade at the northern end of the Esplanade have seen
their drives blocked by piles of wind-blown sand in recent weeks.
resident, Mark Wilson, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"One elderly resident couldn't get the car out of his drive
until a large quantity of sand was dug away."
gates on his drive open outwards, but because the sand was piled
up so high, they wouldn't open."
along the road, large amounts of sand gather along the walls. It
took over four hours to clear it all away on one day."
added: "We live in a seaside town and our homes are next to
a beach so we fully expect blowing sand, but the problem could be
better managed by the Environment Agency."
there are strong onshore winds and there's a risk of large quantities
of sand being blown off the beach onto our road, we'd like the Environment
Agency to close the big flood gate along the Maddock's Slade access
road onto the beach."
access road seems to funnel the blowing sand into Maddock's Slade.
Having the main flood gate shut would prevent this."
has approached the Environment Agency, which overseas the flood
gate, for a comment and is awaiting a response.
District Council, which oversees the beach and sand itself, said:
"As the gentleman rightly states, it is a seaside town and
sand does blow about. The dunes are a natural formation and are
'anchored' by plants."
"We are at Mother Natures mercy but do our best to clear
up as soon as the winds die down. Our clean surroundings team went
around the residential areas three times to clear up after the recent