Devon

Hallsands residents meet flood minister Oliver Letwin

  • 19 June 2014
  • From the section Devon

Residents living in a storm-hit village have met with the flood recovery minister to argue the case for their sea defences to be maintained.

Powerful waves and high tides that hit the coast in the February storms battered defences in the communities of Beesands and Hallsands, in Devon.

But while defences are being rebuilt at Beesands, Hallsands has been designated for no intervention.

MP Oliver Letwin told BBC News he wanted to find a "practical" solution.

Hallsands after the storms, looking east towards Beesands, where sea defences are being repaired

Residents have paid £20,000 to repair the privately-installed rock defences which had been ripped apart.

They contacted Mr Letwin and asked him to visit the village, following the decision not to maintain the defences.

Resident David Marcer said: "We were very encouraged. The minister recognised we did a good job at replacing the sea defences ourselves and he talked about a stream of funding to enable the villagers to repair the sea defences again if necessary."

BBC Radio Devon's Sophie Pierce, who was in Hallsands, said: "He [Mr Letwin] said he wanted to try and find a cheap and practical solution to help people in small communities like Hallsands."

Mr Letwin, the MP for West Dorset, was appointed flood recovery minister in March.

Rock armour has been replaced at Hallsands at a cost of £20,000 to the village

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