The Parish of Stokenham, bounded by the black line on the map, covers the whole of the southern half of Start Bay, from Slapton Sands to Start Point and on to Lannacombe Beach. It encompasses the villages of Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, Kellaton, Kernborough, Dunstone, Beeson and Chillington, as well as Stokenham itself, covers an area of some 20.6 square kilometres, and has a population of approximately 2,000.
The seven larger settlements and many smaller hamlets and farms are connected by miles of narrow country lanes, byways, bridleways and footpaths. The main arterial route in and out of the parish is the A379, which runs north to Dartmouth and west to Kingsbridge. This route is serviced by the First Western National Bus Company, with connections available to Plymouth (change for Derriford Hospital), Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes (our nearest main line railway station) and Exeter. The parish also enjoys the service of The Coleridge Bus, a community bus providing weekly runs from outlying areas to Kingsbridge. There are airports at Plymouth and Exeter.
"Work is almost complete on bore holes and trial pits. We have continued to monitor the site for movement. With investigations complete, the contractor’s accommodation will be demobilised from site but we will continue to check the tell-tales for movement – this will be on a weekly basis unless conditions dictate otherwise.
We are currently reviewing some very outline options and getting the contractor to estimate the costs of these options. We have to continue to treat these works as emergency works, otherwise it is unlikely we can build a business case to support the economics to justify doing any work. As emergency works, we have to select the option with the best benefit / cost ratio. We believe that this will mean a new, much deeper, steel sheet piled wall with a capping that overlaps, but does not tie in to the existing wall (so it doesn’t directly transfer vibration to the existing structure and houses behind it.) We believe this would be affordable, but are awaiting confirmation, now that we know how deep the shingle is (14 – 17m or so) whether it would remain stable if beach levels were further depleted. We are hoping to understand this within a couple of weeks and will then need to confirm what consents are required (we believe planning permission and Marine Management Organisation consents would be required as a minimum) and what this means for programming work.
In the meantime, beach levels have risen by about 1.5 – 2.0m since January, which in itself is the best outcome possible. We’ll be interested to hear what the current weather is doing to levels – hopefully further raising the levels in front of the defence. If so, this would make any installation work much easier."