10 FEB 2012

Slapton Line

I enjoyed my visit to Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre to hear about the challenges facing the Slapton Line. The Ley has been constantly changing over the centuries and at some point, perhaps not for decades, the line may again be breached. There are no easy answers and those who own the line, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation trust, would not agree to concrete barriers or other so called 'hard' engineering or even 'soft' off shore engineering projects even if these could be funded. Supporting communities around the Slapton line and committing to early repair of any future manageable breach is however essential and I recognise the devastating impact on communities if that did not take place. In the meantime, the threat of rising sea levels is clear to anyone walking the line.

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