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Extent of sea defence work at Cambo
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Kingsbarns Golf Links has been built very close to the
foreshore. This was not an absolute requirement, given the amount of land
available. The developer has chosen, for 'golfing reasons', to locate some
holes slap bang against the foreshore.
The foreshore at Cambo, like that anywhere, is a movable
feast. Farmers who manage coastal land accept this fact, and they surrender
land to the sea in areas where erosion is inevitable.
The developer chose to tackle the North Sea head on, and he
called in experts in 'coastal defence strategy planning' to devise a way of
protecting precious sections of the course, most notably the area around the
15th hole at Cambo Ness.
The first round of defensive work has been carried out at
Cambo Ness and, as a result, the once natural, gently sloping and easily
accessible foreshore, has been turned into an obviously man-made, steeply
sloped and inaccessible mess. People who have traditionally come to this site
of special scientific interest (SSSI) will now find it hard to negotiate their
way around the foreshore at Cambo Ness.
Fife Council has conducted a study into coastal erosion and
a defence policy has been agreed. Several options exist, ranging from the 'do
nothing' approach to the 'must be protected at all costs' approach. Cambo falls
into the 'do nothing' category. Further work is bound to be required and this
may place Fife Council in an awkward position.
There may be a strong argument for attempting to protect
famous, long established, links courses by applying costly defence strategies,
but the argument must be seriously reduced in the case of Kingsbarns Golf
Links. The developer will be aware of the latest studies into coastal erosion,
and the agreed defence policy. The developer had total freedom, and the land
available, to plan his course so as to avoid running into such
A press release from the coastal defense experts called in
to carry out the Cambo Ness work can be found
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