Wall Design and Inspiration
For several reasons, the Council does not want an ugly plain concrete wall.
Incorporating design into the wall itself is seen as crucial to its acceptance by locals and even to add to tourism in a positive way (ideally). The images give examples of what is possible.
The lobster pots illustrate a local theme; as would be “telling Paignton’s story”.
1. Do nothing.
2. Raise the height of the existing coastal defence (wall).
3. Provide a wave return on the existing coastal defence (wall).
4. Provide a secondary "Set Back Defence".
5. Provide a new sea wall.
The preferred option is to build a secondary “Set Back Defence” (a wall to you and me). The image illustrates how this might look. We say might because:
The illustration shows an artist's impression of a stone-block wall (whereas a concrete wall is proposed), and the wall would probably be built to run between two rows of beach huts (not in front of them).
How high will the wall be?
The exact height of the walls are yet to be confirmed. There are effectively three walls: Preston, and Paignton (either side of the pier).
The predictions are based on twenty years and fifty years of climate change. It is not clear at this stage whether walls of lower height will be built (and raised later) or the highest built at the outset. Having said that, the schematic drawings (listed below) do show the possibility that the walls could be extended in height.
After 20 years of climate change:
Preston Green: 1.50m
Paignton Green, North of Pier: 1.10m
Paignton Green, South of Pier: 1.00m
50 years of climate change:
Preston Green: 1.80m
Paignton Green, North of Pier: 1.40m
Paignton Green, South of Pier: 1.30m