TOPSHAM, Devon

Topsham is an attractive town on the Exe estuary, Devon, in England's Westcountry. Now part of Exeter, it nevertheless maintains a distinctive identity. Loved by its locals, and savoured by those who visit, Topsham offers river walks; wildlife; a Saturday morning market; many characterful shops, restaurants and inns; and quiet space to sit and watch the sailing boats go by. But while present-day Topsham is undoubtedly picturesque and has a rich historical heritage, it always has been a working town. Despite no longer being one of the great trading ports of Britain, it continues to have a very strong business and commercial life, with traditional maritime trades continuing alongside the modern and computerised. The site aims to support and encourage the current and future community, so that the history which awaits us may be just as interesting and rewarding.

Topsham - looking north from Quay

Lower Clyst Project: last chance to comment

Nigel Cheffers-Heard of the Bridge Inn just drew my attention to a flyer by the Save the Clyst group, which opposes the Lower Clyst Project, the controversial Environment Agency plan to create an intertidal habitat on the flatlands of the Lower Clyst. The
public consultation phase closes on Monday March 4th, so if you have anything to say, now is the time. See Save the Clyst (one-page flyer) / Save the Clyst (main site).

For full details of the Environment Agency plan, see Exe Estuary Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy page, which has detailed descriptions of the plan.

Last week, Topsham Community Association hosted a meeting by the Environment Agency to promote the Lower Clyst Project. The Environment Agency site says of it:

At the latest public meeting in Topsham the audience were able to view a short film [see YouTube - Exe Estuary: Living with a Changing Coast] produced by the Living with a Changing Coast (LiCCo) project, which shows differing viewpoints on sea level rise and coastal change in the Exe Estuary. Martin Davies of the Environment Agency was also able to provide reassurance that no new intertidal habitat would be created in the Lower Clyst Valley without landowner agreement. The Environment Agency recognises that local people have concerns about flooding of the Topsham to Clyst St George road and has pledged to work with Devon County Council, (the highways authority) and its other partners to resolve this issue as part of any future proposals. This could involve, for example, measures to raise the road in future and provide erosion protection to the bridge.
- The Exe Estuary Strategy: Still time to have your say

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