PUBLIC exhibitions are being held in Sidlesham and Pagham to discuss the risks of flooding and erosion.
The Environment Agency (EA) is holding the exhibitions, in partnership with Arun District Council and Chichester District Council, to display the current risks which face the local coastline and surrounding areas.
The EA recognises local residents are concerned about recent increased rates of erosion in the area as well as the risk of flooding from within the harbour. (more…)
February 22, 2012
January 14, 2012
WORKS to protect 65 homes in West Wittering from flooding in the future are going ‘full steam ahead’, the Environment Agency has said.
Residents and the community in the Witterings managed to raise an incredible £150,000 to help pay for the defence works.
The homes will be protected by raising the current embankment on the shore with clay. Preparation construction works have started but will not be implemented on the beach until April when birds stop nesting there. (more…)
January 11, 2012
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…)
RESIDENTS can view information on how the coastline of the Lewes District is set to change during the next 20 years.
The district is part of a pioneering national pilot scheme to give the public online information on how the coast is changing.
A new set of web pages will provide information on how coastal erosion is expected to change the coastline in the next two decades.
The pages will also detail how the coast is being managed by the Environment Agency and the local authorities, as well as what coastal defences are in place. (more…)
January 2, 2012
Steps leading down to the beaches around the Seven Sisters cliffs will be relocated because of coastal erosion.
Planning permission has been granted to allow Wealden District Council to build the new steps in the Birling Gap.
The Seven Sisters cliffs, from Seaford to Beachy Head, are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and part of the South Downs National Park.
The new staircase will be built 3m (9.8ft) inland from its current position. (more…)
December 4, 2011
PARTS of the Sussex coastline will disappear within the next 20 years, according to a map produced by the Environment Agency.
The new online map, which is accessible to the public, shows how the coast, including Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven, will be affected.
It reveals how the coast is being managed and any defences in place. (more…)
November 28, 2011
A NEW online mapping facility shows how at risk Worthing, Shoreham and Littlehampton’s coastlines are from erosion and flooding.
The coastal erosion map was made live on the Environment Agency’s website last week, and allows users to see what changes, if any, there might be to the coastline where they live in the next 15 years.
The map for the South Downs area is one of just two unveiled last week as pilots for this project. It charts the coastline from Beachy Head in the east to Selsey Bill in the west, and predicts any changes to the coastline in our area by 2025 are likely to be “negligible”. (more…)
November 21, 2011
Large parts of the Sussex coastline will disappear into the sea within 15 years, a Government report has revealed.
A study by the Environment Agency into coastal defences across Sussex highlights more than ten miles of the shoreline which will be lost to erosion.
Newhaven, Seaford and beauty spots such as Birling Gap are all listed as being affected by damage caused by the sea because of a lack of protection.
And the report warns as much as 20 metres of land could be lost in some places by 2025. (more…)
November 15, 2011
A holiday park in Selsey has put forward plans to make changes to its sea defence works.
Bunn Leisure is privately funding a £15m scheme at West Sands Caravan Park to protect its business and the west side of Selsey.
The original plans were granted planning permission in 2009 but Bunn wants to change the type of rock, profiling and footprint of the breakwaters, as well as change the source of shingle for a beach recharge. (more…)
September 1, 2011
Daily Mail: “Villagers’ fury as sea defence project is rejected because 20 small sea snails MIGHT be living nearby”
Seaside residents risk losing their homes to flooding and coastal erosion – for the sake of 20 tiny sea snails.
The owners of 1,350 properties at Pagham Harbour, West Sussex, have been told there is a one in 200 chance their homes will flood every year for the next century.
The warning came after a submerged shingle bank in the harbour was displaced changing the direction of the current towards the shore and eroding the beach.
A plan to redirect the flow of water away from land – which most local people are in favour of – has been thrown into jeopardy after the discovery of a rare snail colony. (more…)