Work starts on Lower Otter Restoration Project

    Aerial photo showing the start of work on the new site for Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club

    Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust are pleased to confirm on-site work has started for some of the key elements of the Lower Otter Restoration Project having revised the construction programme.   Over the next few weeks the Environment Agency’s contractor Kier will set up the main site compound and offices in a field adjacent to the junction of Granary Lane and South Farm Road.

    Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust are pleased to confirm on-site work has started for some of the key elements of the Lower Otter Restoration Project having revised the construction programme.  

    Over the next few weeks the Environment Agency’s contractor Kier will set up the main site compound and offices in a field adjacent to the junction of Granary Lane and South Farm Road.

    From 12 July lorries will start bringing resources to the site including clay material for the construction of the raised new road embankment. This clay material will initially be stockpiled next to the site offices. Due to construction traffic parking restrictions will be in operation along South Farm Road.  They apologise for any inconvenience during this activity.  Private and site vehicles travelling to Lime Kiln Car Park will be directed via the main road using diversion signs.

    In August, excavation will begin for the new system of tidal creeks between Big Bank (towards the northern end of the project area) and South Farm Road. This will include creating access points and tracks for the machinery. This work will be done without vegetation clearance being required.

    Throughout the summer Kier will continue with the cricket pitch at Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club’s new location just off the B3178 East Budleigh Road. This work began a few weeks ago and is progressing well as you can see from the photo below.

    During this autumn main vegetation and tree clearance will be carried out around the site, including at the old tip on South Farm Road (this is the work postponed from May). Throughout construction we will keep working very closely with our ecologists, the RSPB and other organisations to ensure wildlife disturbance is minimised. This will be delivered through our revised schedule, the provision of adequate buffer areas for the works and ongoing monitoring. 

    The revised programme is:

    • Summer 2021 – cricket pitch construction, main site compound set-up, soil imported, start of work on the tidal creek system north of South Farm Road
    • Autumn 2021 – main vegetation and tree clearance, start of new South Farm Road, western side of new bridge structure
    • From 2022 – embankment earthworks, creation of tidal creeks south of South Farm Road, road and bridge construction, footbridge construction.
    • Spring 2023 - completion of the Lower Otter Restoration Project.

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