What you can do to help save Teignmouth and Dawlish beach and railway including IK Brunel's historic sea wall

Network Rail are now consulting with the following statutory and non-statutory bodies to finalise the scope of the baseline surveys, assessment methodologies and proposed mitigation. We need you to get busy writing emails, making phone calls and writing letters to these organisations. 

Network Rail

Andrew Haines, CEO. andrew.haines@networkrail.co.uk and  julie.gregory@networkrail.co.uk 

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Other ideas and topics to write about


  • Loss of local amenities
  • The economic effects on local tourism (£185million per annum currently in Teignbridge)
  • Resilience failure (With this £500,000,000 project will still still see waves and debris fly over the higher wall and cause cancellations?)
  • Environmental issues
  • Sand and scour from construction
  • The impact of house prices in the area
  • Losing Brunel's historic sea wall megastructure
  • Uncertainty in the local area - health and wellbeing of local residents and business
  • Noise during the 8 years of construction
  • The effect on the local harbours both in Teignmouth and further up and down the caost





List of official consultees that Network Rail are now working with. You can help influence their responses by sharing your concerns with them.

Department of transport


The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps Let him know why you think he should expect Network Rail to rethink their current, destructive plans. Email: grant.shapps@dft.gov.uk (direct ministerial address) and copy in grant@shapps.com Suggestions for content:

  • Principles of good design. Any new designs should be sympathetic to heritage and character of the area
  • The proposal destroying the historic sea wall
  • The iconic red cliffs are used in much of Devon's tourist information and in Network Rail's adverts.
  • The effects of sea levels and flood risks are not yet known




Marine Management Organisation


The executive body of DEFRA, and responsible for licensing and regulating marine activities. Email: info@marinemanagement.org




The Environment Agency


The Environment Agency are an advisory body to Network Rail and currently have no real idea of the effects the plans will have on Teignmouth and Dawlish residents. Let them know how you feel about the plans. Email: Marcus Salmon: spdc@environment-agency.gov.uk and copy in enquiries@environment-agency-gov.uk Phone: 0370 8506506 Write: South West Office, Manley House, Kestrel Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7LQ




Natural England


Let Natural England know how you feel about losing your beach Email: DevonCornwallandIslesofScilly@naturalengland.org.uk Phone: 0300 060 3900 Write: Sterling House, Dix's Field, Exeter EX1 1QA




Historic England


Let Historic England know how you feel about losing Brunel's Wall, including Sprey Point, the Viaduct, the Lime Kiln and the World War Two Pill Box. Email: southwest@HistoricEngland.org.uk Phone: 0117 9751308 Write: 29 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4ND Website: https://historicengland.org.uk/about/contact-us/local-offices/south-west/




Devon Wildlife Trust


Write: Devon Wildlife Trust, Cricklepit Mill, Commercial Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AB Email: contactus@devonwildlifetrust.org Phone: 01392 279244 See the response from Devon Wildlife Trust in our Latest News page




Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority


Details to come




Sea Mammal Research Unit


Details to come




British Trust for Ornithology


Details to come




Devon County Council


Details to come




Royal Yachting Association


Details to come (represented by Teign and Corinth Yacht Club)




Teignmouth Harbour Commissioners


Chairman - Graham Bond. Email: gbond@btinternet.com Harbour Master - David Vaughan. Email: harbourmaster@teignmouthharbour.com




Trinity House


Details to come




Maritime and Coastguard Agency


Write: Spring Place. 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG Email: infoline@mcga.gov.uk Phone: Main switchboard 0203 817 2000




The Crown Estate


Email: enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk Phone: 020 7851 5000 Write: 1 St James’s Market, London, SW1Y 4AH The Prince of Wales Let the future king know how you feel about losing your beach and historic sea wall. Write: HRH Prince of Wales, C/o Private Secretary Michael Whitehead, Clarence House, London SW1 1BA





More people to write to with your concearns

The Prince of Wales (The Crown)


Let the future king know how you feel about losing your beach and historic sea wall. Write: HRH Prince of Wales, C/o Private Secretary Michael Whitehead, Clarence House, London SW1 1BA




HRH Duke of Cambridge


Write to His Royal Highness to ask him to protect our beach for future generations. Environmental conservation for future generations is one of his particular interests. Write: Kensington palace, London W8 4PX




HRH Duchess of Cambridge


Write to Her Royal Highness expressing your concerns at losing 1.9km of beach which is used by children for their mental and physical wellbeing. Write: Kensington palace, London W8 4PX




The Crown (owner of the beach)


Email: enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk Phone: 020 7851 5000 Write: 1 St James’s Market, London, SW1Y 4AH




Teignbridge Estuary and Coastal Partnership


Let Teignbridge Estuary and Coastal Partnership know how you feel about losing your beach and the negative environmental impact. Email: coastal@teignbridge.gov.uk Website: https://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/teignestuary




Teignmouth Harbour Commission


Phone: 01626 773165 The Department for Transport Write:Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Rd, Westminster, London SW1P 4DR Email: contactdft@dft.gov.uk




Maritime and Coastguard Agency


Write: Maritime and Coastguard Agency Spring Place. 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG Email: infoline@mcga.gov.uk Phone: Main switchboard 0203 817 2000




Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority


Write: Brixham Laboratory, Freshwater Quarry, Brixham, Devon. TQ5 8BA Email:Acting Chief Officer: m.mander@devonandsevernifca.gov.uk Phone: 01803 854648




Maritime and Coastguard Agency


Write: Spring Place. 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG Email: infoline@mcga.gov.uk Phone: Main switchboard 0203 817 2000




Amanda Taylor, Office of Helen Whatley, MP


Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent House of Commons London SW1A 0AA




Ben Bradshaw - Exeter MP


Email: ben.bradshaw.mp@parliament.uk




Brixham Marine Management


Email: brixham@marinemanagement.org.uk




The Victorian Society


Email: admin@victoriansociety.org.uk




More places to write to...


Sea Mammal Research Unit
British Trust for Ornithology
Whale and Dolphin Conservation
Devon County Council
Royal Yachting Association (represented by Teign and Corinth Yacht Club)
The Local Harbour Authority (in this instance ABP Teignmouth, formerly Teignmouth Harbour Commissioner)
Trinity House
Maritime and Coastguard Agency




Anne Marie Morris, MP


Let your current MP Anne Marie Morris know how you feel about losing your beach and historic sea wall and Network Rail's plans for the coastline. Email: annemarie@annemariemorris.co.uk Phone: 01626 368 277 Write: 2 Salisbury House, Salisbury Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2DF Anne Marie Morris has written to Network Rail asking them to clarify a number of matters regarding the Parson’s Tunnel to Teignmouth Resilience Project. "The concerns I have raised on behalf of constituents have been in the spirit of achieving the very best possible outcome for the resilience works. This is certainly not an ‘anti rail’ campaign. “After meeting many of my constituents, they have expressed genuine concerns regarding the works. The many objections both I and my constituents have raised have been in the spirit of achieving the very best outcome for the resilience works and I am keen to express that this is not an ‘anti-rail’ campaign. We must ensure that all avenues and proposals have been explored as this is an historic, iconic, and much-loved part of my constituency. “Of concern to many is the lack of clarity they have been encountering and the confusion over the scale model that has been viewed. I am advised that the model itself does not give a correct representation of the actual planned works and is not to scale. “Many have stated it is unclear as to where the old line was and therefore it is difficult to ascertain how much of the beach is to be lost. While it may be the case that less beach is going to be lost than in previous proposals, the model only gives an indication of the breach at mean low water and many have started they believe this to be deliberately misleading. I have been informed that the new sea wall will not move any further than the current boundary of Sprey Point, but when one looks at the model, the revetments actually extend far further than this. More clarity is needed as to the exact extent of the beach loss and I would have expected more granular detail." Read in full here: https://www.annemariemorris.co.uk/news/anne-maries-weekly-column-81 Read recent correspondence between Anne Marie Morris and Network Rail




Councillor Martin Wrigley


Martin Wrigley is a local champion and a councillor who helps local residents and stands up for the area. He wants to do more and will be an outstanding MP. Martin’s priorities are tackling Climate Change, support our community, our schools and our NHS. Too many government processes and systems have lost sight of the people and lack empathy for the people that they are supposed to be helping. Universal Credit demonstrates a system that just doesn’t care. The South West and Teignbridge/Newton Abbot in particular have been poorly served and starved of much needed funds for our schools, NHS and critical services and Martin is determined to work to put that right. Environmental pollution is killing our beautiful county with single-use plastics and air pollution high on the list. Martin has been helping reduce plastics and dedicated to encouraging a new carbon free economy Martin has worked in the hi-tech industry for over 30 years, with a background in engineering and senior management. Growing up in a Navy family, Martin lived all over the world. Twenty years ago, he and his young family chose to settle in Devon. A former Mayor of Dawlish, Martin is currently a Dawlish Town and Teignbridge District Councillor. Martin says “I want future generations to have every opportunity we have now - and more. We have the technology and the desire to put our environment first and to support our community, our schools and our NHS. With the public’s backing, we can build a flourishing economy and a caring society while maintaining the ecology and beauty of our local area.” Email: martin.wrigley.ppc@gmail.com, martin.wrigley@gmail.com or martin.wrigley@teignbridge.gov.uk Facebook: @CllrMartinWrigley Instagram: @Martin.Wrigley.PPC Twitter: @MartinWrigley Website: www.newtonabbotlibdems.org Write: Newton Abbot Constituency Liberal Democrats, 26 Cofton Hill, Cockwood, Dawlish, EX6 8RB Phone: 0797 708 8888





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