Wednesday 22 May 2013
- This site was set up with a number of users in mind :
- Local Residents - who want to know about the future of the Slapton Line, or more immediately are concerned about a storm warning, Go to the Community Information page. For some background information about the Slapton Line Partnership, go to the about us page
- Visitors to the Area - may also want to know some of the above information but also what there is to see in the area and some more about the heritage of the area. Go to the Visiting the Area page this includes more information about 'Explore Start Bay'.
- Those interested in Coastal Change - people working in other places with coastal erosion issues, academics, students. Suggested route is to look in the Resources section.
- Also if you can't find what you want, try the search function to the left of this text.
The 'Slapton Line' is the fragile shingle bar that runs between Slapton Ley and the sea. The area is part of a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)' and a 'National Nature Reserve' because of the way the beach and Ley were formed and the plant species in he area including the rare shingle plants.
The fantastic unspoilt scenery draws residents and visitors alike to visit the Start Bay area and also enjoy the facilities provide by the local businesses, which include pubs, cafes and restaurants.
A severe storm in 2001 destroyed a 200 metre section of the road.The organisations with a responsibility for the area formed the Slapton Line Partnership in order to co-ordinate the repair work in this protected area and plan for the future of this vulnerable road.
A report looking at all the issues concluded that the best way forward to preserve the natural features of the area and prolong the life of the road (Scott Wilson report) was to plan for moving the most vulnerable sections inland as well as maintaining strategically placed mounds of shingle. In this way the road we believe the road will should be kept operating for at least 25 further years.
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