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62 people object to new sea wall plans ahead of today's vote

An artist's impression of the changes

Plans for a 360-metre long seawall at Dawlish are expected to be approved by Teignbridge Council later.

The £30-million scheme by Network Rail follows the line's collapse in 2014.

It's proposed that a taller sea wall is built in front of the existing one - and includes a walking path.

62 residents have formally opposed the scheme saying it's too tall and would reduce sea views from Marine Parade.

Representations include:
1. A 7.5 metres high wall will negatively impact the appearance of Dawlish, the Conservation Area and the scenic coastline
2. Network Rail should consult and come up with a proposal that is in keeping with its location
3. Proposal would adversely affect small businesses
4. Options for the entire length of the line from Dawlish Warren to Teignmouth should be planned comprehensively.
5. Proposal would deliver an ugly mess of concrete, sanitisation of Boat Cove, concrete benches with limited view of the sea
6. Lighting will detract from the glorious night-time views
7. Response to requests for off-shore barriers or reefs is flimsy
8. Local fishermen may never be allowed back to Boat Cove
9. The view from the train to the beach and cove will be blocked by concrete
10. Charm of Dawlish will be lost to an overpowering wall of concrete
11. Appropriate consultation has not taken place
12. Detrimental impact on the setting of a listed building and heritage assets
13. Will destroy everyone’s view
14. A breakwater or off-shore reef is needed
15. No consideration has been given to the drainage situation in Marine Parade
16. A higher wall will make walking along the promenade unnerving
17. Detrimental to tourism
18. Projected increase in sea levels of 0.8 metres does not justify a 2.5 metres high wall
19. The wall will be ugly in a beautiful stretch of coastline
20. Railings would be more appropriate than a wall
21. No consideration has been given to over-topping at the Brook outlet
22. Children and wheelchair users will not be able to see over the parapet

Supporters of the plans suggest:
1. Good access has been included in the development for visually impaired people
and those with mobility issues
2. Provision of lighting and benches is a welcome enhancement
3. Will be an improvement from a sea defence aspect and aesthetically

The matters raised in general comments include:
1. Please ensure access to Coryton Cove is maintained at all times
2. Concern about operation of fishing boats from Boat Cove during the work

Concerns raised in the petition include:
1. The artist's impressions distributed to the town’s residents do not represent the work shown on the submitted plans
2. The options considered by Network Rail have not been put to the towns people as promised by Network Rail
3. The higher wall will destroy the town, seriously affect the tourist industry and ruin the outlook for residents and businesses in Marine Parade
4. The higher wall will not stop the overflow of seawater onto the railway. The height of the sea burst above rail and sea wall height is frequently in excess of 50 feet
5. Water will become trapped on the inside of wall/railway and flood into the street, flooding properties
6. Loss of sea views
7. Loss of view from trains
8. Noise will cause a major nuisance to residents
9. Only and best option is to build in-sea baffles
10. Consideration should be given to funneling effect of water passing below the viaduct and into the Brook
11. Since 2014 the line has only been closed for three days due to wash out and damage. On over 40 occasions Arriva Cross Country trains have had to be stopped due to water

Teignbridge planners will today also discuss plans for a 34-metre tall observation wheel and kiosk on a grassed area at Dawlish Warren in the main resort - near to the go kart track.

Plans for seven homes at Amberley in Broadway Road at Kingsteignton also go to a vote today.

There could also be changes to Teignmouth's Goldfish Bowl on The Promenade to convert it from a storage building into a cafe, bar and takeaway.

For a link to today's meeting click here

For more about the seawall plans click here

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