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PUBLISHED: 10:16 11 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:42 05 July 2010

IT was inevitable that the recent heavy seas would affect the beach at Southold but it has not been badly damaged.

Sand is occasionally deposited on the promenade, this is not a new occurrence.

IT was inevitable that the recent heavy seas would affect the beach at Southold but it has not been badly damaged.

Sand is occasionally deposited on the promenade, this is not a new occurrence. It happens as a result of sea and weather conditions.

There will be natural variations in beach levels over time.

Locations that were low after the November tidal surge have made some recovery and we expect beach levels to recover during the more benign sea conditions expected in spring and summer.

The fact that the groynes are covered in sand is actually good news. It indicates that they are doing their job as they are designed to encourage a beach to stay in place.

Sand and shingle-forming beach material does move up and down the coast with the help of the wind, waves and tide. Erosion of the cliffs over the unprotected frontages eventually provides new beach material down the coastline. Good coastal management means working with those natural forces, not against them, and this was the design philosophy behind the scheme.

The primary purpose of the scheme was to raise the standard of protection against erosion and flooding, which was achieved. The new beach was not considered controversial.

The support we received from the community during the construction period was greatly appreciated.

It has to be remembered that without this work an unimproved beach would also have been adversely affected by the severe weather conditions this winter. This would have resulted in even lower beach levels than we have now.

Waveney District Council and the Environment Agency have an agreed joint beach monitoring arrangement so the performance of the beach is kept under regular review.

The council's cleansing team have started to clear sand from the promenade and when the majority is removed the promenade will be swept. Larger debris on the beach will be collected as part of the pre-season preparation work.

Southwold is a premier tourist attraction in the Waveney area and the coastal protection scheme has increased the standard of protection for the town, its residents and visitors. We are aware that our beaches are one of the main reasons people come to the area and we do all we can to ensure that they are the best around.

KEN SALE

Portfolio holder for the built environment

Waveney District Council

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