Friday 23 June 2017
A frequently asked questions document about proposals to remove 200m of the L'Ancresse anti-tank wall has been published by the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure.
The document addresses a wide variety of questions, including further clarification of the potential costs involved, detailing why reinforcing the wall isn't the best option, and explaining why dealing with this wall is a priority compared to other coastal areas in need of repair.
The Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Service is progressing proposals for the managed realignment of 200m of the coastline at the eastern end of L'Ancresse bay. The intention is that this proposal will allow the development of a sand duned backed beach, which will increase the recreational value of the area and provide an effective natural coastal defence.
Various other options have been considered, and the FAQ document explains why these were not progressed.
The advantages of managed realignment are considerable. In future there would be minimal cost from routine maintenance to the rock groynes, with the new dune backing the beach being virtually maintenance free.
The island already has dune backed beaches and these are effective and popular. Records show that the dunes protecting Grande Rocques, Port Soif and Les Amarreurs have cost the States less than £5,000 between them over the last 10 years - and these beaches are amongst the most popular family beaches in Guernsey.
Anyone wanting to read the frequently asked questions document can find it at www.gov.gg/lancresse