This question is about how much has been/is being/will be spent by South Hams District Council (SHDC) at Beesands which is just up the coast from Hallsands. Most of Beesands is protected by a concrete seawall built by the National Rivers Authority (the predecessor of the Environment Agency) in 1993 and extended about five years ago. The efforts and spending of SHDC have gone into maintaining the rock armour sea (boulders) defences to the north of the sea wall which protect the village green and an access road to five dwellings at Beesands Cellars.
The storm caused the rock armour at Beesands to slide down below the high tide level and so now there is little protection for the village green. Although SHDC is planning to spend a further £70,000 this is not for recovery of the rock armour, it is for some plastic sausages filled with shingle, or some such. Admittedly there was a longer stretch of rock armour at Beesands than at Hallsands, but it only took Tim five days to recover the lot. Meanwhile the machines at Beesands, hired at council-tax payers’ expense, stood idle, and at the time of writing are still idle.
A reminder: recovery and replacement of the rock armour at Hallsands cost £10,000.
Here is the FOIA question and SHDC’s answer:
Thank you for your email of 28 February 2014 where you requested information about Beesands.
The information you requested is set out below.
Please provide the total sums spent (i.e. amounts paid to contractors, costs or material, costs of professional services, costs internal to the authority such as wages and any other associated costs) by your authority, including predecessor authorities where relevant: a) in the ten financial years leading up to and including financial year 2012/2013 b) to date in the current financial year (2013/2014) c) predicted for the remainder of the current financial year (2013/2014) d) predicted for the next financial year (2014/2015) on: 1. construction of sea defence works; 2. repairs and maintenance of sea defence works and structures therewith associated such as slipways, pedestrian access, etc; 3. repairs to roads, footways, footpaths, slipways, hardstanding, or any other structures due to damage or erosion by the sea or waterways letting into the sea; 4. any works along the foreshore connected in any way with the construction, repair, maintenance of any other structures; and 5. any other works reasonably associated with sea defence or resulting from storm damage by the sea; along the foreshore at Beesands in South Devon, the foreshore being that length of coast between the co-ordinates (latitude and longitude) of 50.25981; -3.65401 (northern limit) and 50.24889; -3.66735 (southern limit). No detailed breakdown of sums is required at this stage.
2013/14 (to date) £74,842
The Council holds no information prior to 2006/07 as it is only required to keep financial records for 6 years.
The predicted spend for the remainder of this year will be a further £70,000. For 2014/15 there is no spend predicted other than reactive work.
The amounts are unable to be split out against expenditure on your numbers 1-5 above except for this current year which is all against No 5 (any other works reasonably associated with sea defence or resulting from storm damage by the sea)