Behind closed doors!
I hope this post finds you all well and coping with Lockdown 3.0. We've had some pretty big winter storms since our last post and still the cliffs stand firm!
We wanted to write to you all to keep you up to date with the latest information we have discovered.
Recent activity and P.R briefings by Network Rail suggest that new plans have been confidentially shared with Local Government, and we have it on good authority that this includes Teignbridge District Council.
It has been suggested that they will be proceeding with these latest plans, subject to Government funding being secured. The plans apparently focus on the risk of cliff failure (despite the rationale for this being robustly challenged by independent geotechnical specialists.) It is also reported that the issue of sea defences is not a major part of these plans. A Freedom of Information request has been submitted to Teignmouth District Council in order to verify the details. If confirmed, these closed door discussions amount to a slap in the face for the local population, including the thousands of people who joined the Human Chain protest 12 months ago.
Whilst we welcome appropriate measures being taken to improve resilience of the line, we firmly believe that such plans must be subjected to independent peer review, and that the Public Enquiry promised by senior Network Rail staff last year goes ahead.
As soon as we have more information, we will of course let you know but until then please continue to spread the word. If you feel able to, please write to your local councilors, MP etc to remind them that their position is to act as a spokesperson for the community which they serve. As mentioned above, the community of Teignmouth and even further afield, made it abundantly clear that they are not in support of the monstrous plans Network Rail had planned for our coastline and as such, our representatives in council and parliament should be forwarding that opinion.
Thank you as always for your continued support.