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Heavy seas damage groyne

Coast errosion along the bankingbetween the railway line and the beach at the west end of Monifieth

Coast errosion along the bankingbetween the railway line and the beach at the west end of Monifieth

Monifieth folk have been advised to be sensible when visiting the seashore after beach defences were knocked down by the recent heavy swell.

The strong winds whipped up heavy seas which eroded a sizeable section of the dunes near the Milton Mill housing development. The wooden fencing and concrete supports which comprise the beach defences were undermined and now lie on their side.

Local councillor Rob Murray confirmed to the Guide & Gazette that there has been damage to the groyne wall.

He stated: “The damage has already been assessed by council staff and they will be seeking to tender a contract with work taking place around the end of March.

“There is no threat to any properties and the beach is safe to use provided people avoid the damaged parts of the wall.”

A council spokesperson said: “The dunes at Monifieth have been subject to erosion as a result of the recent storms. Some temporary repairs have already been carried out.

“A contract is being let to carry out more permanent protection works in the next month, subject to weather and prices.

“In the meantime, the situation is being monitored by our coastal engineers.”

Local man Alan Copland commented: “ I have lived in Monifieth since the mid 1960s and this is the worst I have seen.

“Had it not been for the rock armour boulders which have been placed adjacent to the caravan park, then that might have been washed into the sea as well. And if the cycle path had not been moved, then it would certainly have gone.”

The five-day storm and high tides between Friday, January 31, and Wednesday, February 5, also caused erosion and damage at Westhaven.

 

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