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4:24pm 24th March 2014

There is a warning Cornwall needs to adapt to protect its coastal communities.

It is as Plymouth University starts a year long study of exactly how much damage was done by the winter storms.

The information will look at how much the coast has changed.

It will also be used to draw up options for coping with similar weather in the future, such as defences or letting the coast erode naturally.

Dr Tim Poate is on the team, he said: "We're going to be looking at what the options are available, whether it's more coastal engineering or whether it's a strategy where we see the coastline taking a more natural course. So it's striking a balance and we're hoping our research will help influence the decision making process.

"Most people are aware of the predicted sea level rise that is agreed upon within the scientific community. The changes that we've seen, we're certainly going to see similar things in the future; we clearly need to be looking at how we are going to be more resilient."

Part of the coast that suffered in the extreme weather was the seapool in Bude.

Paul Tilzey is the Chairman, he reckons it will cost thousands of pounds to repair: "The main structure, because it's a mass of concrete, is pretty sound, but all the superficial structures like the railings around the pool, some of the steps going into the pool and the railings going onto the beach, they've all been knocked down and have disappeared.

"The surf during this winter has been phenomenal, not only the size but the constant barrage and battering the pool has had. It's ok, it does need a bit of TLC, and so it just shows the force of the waves in the winter."


4:24pm 24th March 2014

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