Ground Restoration Underway at Compass Point

Ground Restoration Underway at Compass Point

Following the successful relocation of the Storm Tower to protect it from coastal erosion, our focus has shifted to the restoration phase at Compass Point. The heavy rainfall during the project has posed significant challenges, impacting both the project’s momentum and the condition of the terrain.

Since the project’s inception, including an ecologist in the team has been a mandatory requirement. This specialist has maintained a watching brief, ensuring that all work aligns with the site’s ecological value and specific requirements.

Responding to the ecologist’s recommendations, efforts to level the affected ground areas, particularly where the plant vehicle track was located, commenced yesterday. This work is expected to conclude by the end of the week. For safety reasons and to aid in the ground’s recovery, we kindly ask the public to avoid the freshly levelled sections.

The aim is to level the ground while it’s wet, then allow it to dry naturally. Once dried, assessments will determine if further actions, such as rolling, are necessary. The remaining turf will be carefully placed around the tower, and any excess soil will be strategically distributed in areas designated by the ecologist. It’s important to note that the soil being levelled contains seeds, so it will grow back naturally on its own. As per the land management plan and advice from Natural England, no external material can be brought onto the site. This is to prevent disturbance to the natural species.

The full extent of necessary remedial actions will become clearer as the ground dries further. Therefore, the ecologist’s oversight will continue in the coming months, enabling ongoing assessments and adjustments as needed.

Additionally, with the completion of the project compound clearance, efforts will commence to restore Church Path to its former condition.

We extend our gratitude to the community for their ongoing patience and support as we navigate these final stages.