Did Dawlish Sea Wall Fail Due To Lack Of Groynes? – May 2014

Pictures of Dawlish show there are few, if any,  groynes which allows the sea to erode the sea wall.

dawlishSeaWallFromAir

dawlishSeaWallFromLand

 

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Looking around Tendring in North Essex, some places have well designed and maintained groynes – and a good beach with lots of dry sand in front of the sea wall.

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At other places the groynes have not been maintained which leads to

The level of sand dropping and

hollandOnSea

 

the sea wall failing like this

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or this

diggerFallingInHoleSeaWall

 

So the failure of the sea wall at Dawlish is no surprise.

Do you think this was

a)   Neglect

b)   Policy

 

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