Flood Risk Management
At this site a decision was taken to abandon the existing sea wall. This decision was evidently taken after the site was hit by severe storms in January 2014. At that time it sustained a lot of damage. The footpath along the old sea wall was then closed because it was unsafe. With lack of maintenance the sea defences gradually deteriorated (see photo attached).
In 2020 the wall failed altogether. A single primary breach (just 8m -wide) has formed in its eastern side close to the Coopers Beach Caravan Park. The area is now primarily saltmarsh habitat. The video and images (by Jim Pullen) show the state of the wall before it was overtopped as well as the morphology and habitats of the site in 2023 (two years after it became intertidal).