February 9, 2012

Coastal communities to receive a multi-million pound boost

The Government wants to help coastal communities unleash their growth potential that can only be harnessed locally. The new Coastal Communities Fund underlines the commitment to supporting coastal places now and in the future so they can benefit from the growth in revenues produced by the Crown Estate as it further develops its coastal and offshore resources.

This prospectus gives details of the key design and delivery arrangements for the Fund and the timetable for its introduction. More detailed guidance on how to make a bid to the Fund will be issued by the Big Lottery ‘Big Fund’ shortly.

Working with the ‘Big Fund’ we want to see as many coastal communities as possible, large and small, drawing on the Fund to support imaginative and innovative projects that promote jobs and growth and help to build stronger and more diverse local economies. We also want to encourage quality bids from the many different types of organisation that support local economic development in coastal areas including charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations, local businesses as well as local authorities and local enterprise partnerships.

View the application guidelines on the Communites and Local Government website

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DEFRA: “25,000 more homes to be better protected from flooding”

Over 25,000 more homes will be better protected from the devastating effects of flooding by new defence schemes to start construction in the next financial year, Defra and the Environment Agency have confirmed today.

In total, 60 flood and coastal risk schemes will begin construction this year. Those given the go ahead today include Warrington in Cheshire, protecting over 1900 households, Salmons Brook in North London, protecting over 1300 households, and Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire, protecting over 300 households.

Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, said:

“The new flood defence schemes announced today will bring huge relief to tens of thousands of households.  Our investment will protect these communities from the devastating effects of flooding, and allow residents to live without the fear and worry of their homes being damaged.” (more…)

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January 31, 2012

Climate Change Risk Assessment shows the UK needs to adapt

The UK is set to be amongst the best prepared nations for the implications of climate change following publication of a groundbreaking study into the threats the country faces.

The Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) highlights the top 100 challenges to the UK and our economy of a changing climate and provides the most compelling evidence yet of the need to increase our resilience. The research confirms the UK as a world-leader in understanding climate risk to ensure we can make robust plans to deal with these threats.

In order to provide a reliable baseline for decisions by Government, local authorities and businesses the research does not take into account any future policies or plans. However, a Government report published alongside the CCRA does highlight the many current and future policies already in place and gives details of plans which will address some of the risks identified.

The Government has also announced a National Adaptation Programme that will prepare the UK for the effects of climate change, including the risks set out in the CCRA. People are encouraged to give their views through a new website on the action needed to tackle the implications of climate change where they live and work. (more…)

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January 11, 2012

EA: “Your chance to help shape the future of Newhaven, Seaford and Lewes”

The Environment Agency is calling on Newhaven, Seaford and Lewes residents to take part in an innovative project that will identify the best ways of adapting to the long term threats of coastal climate change.

As part of the Coastal Communities 2150 (CC2150) project, the Environment Agency is calling for community representatives including residents, businesses and local authorities, to get involved in setting up a group to plan ahead and decide how best to tackle these issues.

The coast around South East England is changing. With this in mind, the European funded CC2150 project aims to help communities get better prepared for the future effects of rising sea levels, increased flood risk and sinking land levels. (more…)

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November 18, 2011

Environment Agency: “Erosion risk map for South Downs coastline launched”

With new online maps communities along the South Downs coast between Beachy Head and Selsey Bill can see how coastal erosion could affect their coastline in future.

Two pilot maps, for the South Downs and Northumberland, were published today by the Environment Agency. The maps were developed in conjunction with local councils and provide information for the public on how coastal erosion could affect where they live for the next 20 years. The maps also show how the coast is being managed and any defences that are in place.

Although few households are at risk from coastal erosion, its consequences can be serious. Better information on coastal erosion will help coastal communities to make more informed decisions about development and adapting to a changing coastline. (more…)

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October 11, 2011

Cornwall Cliff Fall on video

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July 4, 2011

Coastal Communities to benefit from Crown Estate marine activites

In a statement to Parliament, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, opening the Debate on Resolutions for the Sovereign Grant Bill said:

And we will shortly be setting out proposals, unconnected to this legislation, to make sure coastal communities can benefit from the development of the Crown Estate marine activities.

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May 23, 2011

DEFRA: “More flood and coastal defence schemes to go ahead under new funding system”

From a press release on the DEFRA website:

More flood and coastal erosion defence projects across England will receive government money each year under a new funding system announced today.

The new system provides money based on the benefits each project delivers to homes, businesses, agricultural land and infrastructure. Many schemes will still receive full Government funding, whilst others will qualify for a contribution to the final cost.  In many cases this government contribution will be worth 80 to 90 per cent of the full scheme cost.

This will replace the current model where schemes applying for money are typically either funded in full by Government or not at all. (more…)

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National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mrs Caroline Spelman MP) annonced in a written statement that she was laying before Parliament a first “National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England” and statutory guidance on “Co-operation and requesting information in flood and coastal erosion risk management”. Both documents are being presented in accordance with section 7 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and stem from Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the widespread flooding in 2007, and are due to be be issued on 18 July unless either House resolves that they should not be issued. (more…)

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April 21, 2011

Exeter: “Residents who have lost 15 meters of garden act on cliff erosion fear”

Residents who live in 12 properties on Cliff Road say their properties are threatened because of cliff erosion. They have submitted a planning application for a protection scheme to East Devon District Council.

The residents have funded the £10,000 application themselves which is for a 240-metre long, 4.5-metre high rock revetment at the base of the cliffs near Pennington Point at the mouth of the River Sid.

The scheme could cost around £900,000 of public money.

Residents say their homes could fall over the cliff face within 15 years if action is not taken soon. (more…)

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