Prevention is much cheaper than cure
THE recent gales have again blown huge quantities of sand on the promenade and beyond. I would like to suggest a better and cheaper way of managing the problem.
However as a volunteer flood warden I want to acknowledge that the raised sand levels on our beaches have probably saved us from water inundation on several occasions over recent years.
Those who, like me, walk on the beach every day whatever the weather, know that nearly all the blown sand flies no higher than three feet. Where the sand level by the sea wall is three feet lower than the wall very little sand flies over the wall.
The problem with the recent gale was that much of the sand cleared off the promenade after the spring gales was not dragged back far enough down the beach. Indeed some of it was left in heaps just over the sea wall. In these circumstances it does not take long during a gale for the sand to build up against the wall and create a ramp for more sand to fly over the wall.
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It is far cheaper for the authorities to periodically drag back the sand at the top of the beach when it is less than three feet below the sea wall than it is to clear the promenade and then still have to move the same sand further down the beach.
In other words prevention is much cheaper than cure. Finally it is worth noting that when the contractors come each year to pump sand onto the beach, they do ensure that there is at least a three foot difference between the seawall and the sand on the beach.
Reverend Canon Chris Lilley Sutton on Sea