Sea Eroding Beach By Hutleys At Seawick – Feb 2016

Google Earth images from 2000 and 20014 clearly show sea is eroding beach by Hutleys at Seawick.  I believe this is because a reef was built instead of a groyne.

4 April 20014

 4Apr2014_seawick

31 December 2000

31Dec2000_seawick

 
The situation has deteriorated since 20016 and in attempt to halt the sea attacking sea wall EA(Environment Agency) has placed rocks against the sea wall.  This is the same strategy which was used at Clacton and Holland-on-Sea, which failed, and has been abandoned in favour of new rock groynes.

Why would anyone use a strategy which they tried about 3 miles away and failed??!!

I took some pictures of the beach at high tide on 30 January 2016, and low tide on 31 January.

The wind in this part of the country is predominately from the southwest.  The wind causes the waves and the reef funnels the waves onto the beach.  Had a groyne been built here it would stop the waves from reaching the beach.

30Jan2016_highTideSeaWick_reef

The sea clearly reaches the sea wall by the reef

30Jan2016_highTideSeawick_seaReachesWall

But immediately to the north of the next groyne there is plenty of dry sand to keep the sea away from the wall.

30Jan2016_highTideSeawick_sandKeepsSeaAway

 

The rocks against sea wall do nothing to stop sea washing beach away.
And they will do nothing to stop the sea from undermining the sea wall.

 31Jan2016_lowTideSeawick

 Immediately to the north, a completely different picture.

 31Jan2016_lowTideSeawick_plentySandNorthOfGroyne

 

So much sand has been washed away the underlying clay is exposed.

 31Jan2016_lowTideSeawick_sandDownToClay

 

But it’s not over yet

The sea has started to remove the sand and rocks from the groyne just to the north of the reef, by the sea wall.  How long do you think it will be before the groynes is washed away?

 31Jan2016_lowTideSeawick_seaStartingAttackNextGroyne

Why oh why oh why was a reef built which has proved to be useless.

Why have EA piled rocks against the sea wall.

Why don’t they use the rocks from reef, and against sea wall to build another groyne.  The pictures from Google Earth at the top of this post proves groynes work and the reef doesn’t.

If I was Hutleys, or had a caravan at Hutleys I would be ringing/emailing EA and my mp and councillor to ask for a new groyne to be built before the seawall is eroded away.

 

 

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2 Responses to Sea Eroding Beach By Hutleys At Seawick – Feb 2016

  1. Garry says:

    In the 50’s and 60’s wooden groynes were well maintained and the beaches were healthy from Walton to St Osyth, so much so that caravans and fairground rides used to be located on the beach between Hutleys gap and the tower.

    The erosion became more evident after years of neglect to the groynes which they have just started repairing at Walton and over 25 years the level of the beach dropped 6 feet at Jaywick because of groynes falling into disrepair.

    Why these people don’t listen to local knowledge I will never know.

    • Jeremy says:

      Garry thanks for comment

      It seems to me common sense, logic, local knowledge have all been thrown out in favour of political correctness.

      And of course we can’t spend any money because of austerity!

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