Glass splash defence panels installed

PUBLISHED: 13:47 22 January 2020 | UPDATED: 13:50 22 January 2020

Testing of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex Walton

Testing of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex Walton

Alex Walton

As work to progress the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan continues, temporary glass splash defence test panels have been installed on the existing sea wall.

Testing of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex WaltonTesting of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex Walton

The glass panel has been installed on the esplanade between the York Street and Fore Street junctions.

It has been installed to test whether glass can be used to reinforce Sidmouth's sea defences on the line of the existing short wall.

The panel is expected to be in place until late spring.

Following the test, East Devon District Council's project team and flood defence consultants Royal Haskoning DHV will assess how the panels performed and will also review feedback from the public.

Testing of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex WaltonTesting of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex Walton

Cllr Geoff Jung said: "It is acknowledged that a single solid barrier would have some visual impact on Sidmouth's promenade.

"It is anticipated that glass panels may well provide a solution to the required protection and not impede the visual aspect of the much-loved and historic promenade."

Testing of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex WaltonTesting of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex Walton

Testing of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex WaltonTesting of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex Walton

Testing of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex WaltonTesting of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex Walton

Testing of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex WaltonTesting of the new Sidmouth glass wall splash defence on the seafront. Picture: Alex Walton

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