Warning of floating debris in Exmouth after work on marine defences
PEOPLE are warned to beware of debris which has been unearthed during essential work to stop Exmouth’s marine defences from crumbling into the sea.
Erosion protection work, which started at the Imperial Recreation Ground in January was deemed “essential” by the Environment Agency.
The £800,000 scheme has been repairing the surrounding 20-year-old stone revetment to prevent it crumbling into the estuary.
But the play area was built on a former landfill site, and decades of waste, including glass, china and bricks have emerged through the top soil has been surfacing.
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East Devon District Council is taking down the signs that informed the public about the improvement works and is replacing them with warning signs about the glass.
Now that the main works have been completed, grass and trees will be planted this autumn through to the spring.
Councillor Iain Chubb, cabinet member for the Environment, said: “It’s an unfortunate spin-off from this essential work that we always knew was going to be an issue.
“We have a programme for inspecting and clearing the debris as it appears and this will continue over the winter and beyond.
“This is a good job well done. We just need to see it through by dealing with the glass debris in the short term.”