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Protect the pebbleridge

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

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YOUR report of the grant made available to Northam Burrows (Journal, August 15) yet again highlights the disjointed reasoning and unfathomable waste of public funds by a quango.

A few gorse bushes and brambles appear to be causing concern and much distress with whomever is running this farce. I suggest the same bodies put the funds to far better use and recharge the pebbleridge around the 6th, 7th and 8th greens of The Royal, North Devon Golf Course.(For the avoidance of doubt I am not a member of that club). There is no logic in using the funds to clear a few weeds.

Torridge District Council and Natural England have maintained throughout that there are no funds available to repair or recharge the pebbleridge. Their preferred option is to allow a managed retreat, allowing the sea to reclaim the land.

This will result in the rubbish under the ground to be washed out, the Burrows to eventually disappear and flooding at every high tide between the old Hinks' yard and Westward Ho! slipway.

Now if that is the preferred option then why on earth spend £400,000 on a facility that in a few years will be under water? It beggars belief that this expenditure can in any way be justified without first safeguarding the pebbleridge which protects the Burrows from erosion by the sea.

STUART LAWRENCE.

Westward Ho!.

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