Expert Advice Sought On Scilly’s Sea Defences

porthcressa storm 3A private consultant has been brought in to give advice on coastal defences in Scilly following the recent severe weather and high tides.

Council Environment Officer David Senior says the visit by a specialist engineer, which took place last week, was designed to look at the coastal erosion at various sites across the islands, damaged during the recent storms.

These include Porthloo on St Mary’s, Great Porth on Bryher, South Beach on Tresco and Periglis on St Agnes.

The consultant will concentrate on the softer areas, like sand dunes and earth banks.

He’ll provide advice on what options the Duchy, the Council and other partners like the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust should be evaluating to protect Scilly’s coastlines in the future.

Duchy Land Steward Chris Gregory says any new defensive schemes will need the blessing of the Environment Agency, and who drives them forward depends on where they are and what they’re protecting.

David says he expects Environment Agency engineers to visit in the next few weeks to assess the damage to our harder defences, like sea walls.