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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

Filed under: News — Tags: — jaydublu @ 2:14 pm

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…)

Filed under: News — Tags: , — jaydublu @ 1:31 pm

February 8, 2012

NW Evening Mail: “Appeal to shore up crumbling Walney coastline”

FOR years, the battle has raged to protect homes at Earnse Bay from the encroaching tides. But further along the shores of Walney live the forgotten victims of coastal erosion. EMMA PRESTON reports

THE Mulgrew family has owned Walney’s South End farm since 1953.

For more than half a century, the successful cattle and sheep farm has been passed down from generation to generation.

But every year, brothers Simon and Michael Mulgrew, who run the farm, watch their inheritance being slowly whittled away – by coastal erosion – a simple natural process which they cannot protect themselves against. (more…)

Filed under: Cumbria,Press Article — Tags: , , — jaydublu @ 12:04 pm

February 7, 2012

Hull Daily Mail: “£100k cash to help stem tide of east coast erosion”

HOMEOWNERS and businesses threatened by coastal erosion have been offered funding help of £100,000.

Grants from the East Riding Coastal Change Pathfinder, a £1.2 million project funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has been made available.

East Riding Council can award grants of between £500 to £30,000 to schemes which provide coastal adaptation and coastal or estuarine flood resilience. (more…)

Filed under: Press Article,Yorkshire — Tags: — jaydublu @ 10:59 am

February 3, 2012

Yorkshire Post: “Council fears loss of community support as erosion aid dries up”

A COUNCIL has pledged to seek more funding to help communities affected by coastal erosion amid fears it may lose the support of residents when money for an innovative aid project dries up next month.

A £1.2m scheme funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is due to end in March, and East Riding Council, which administers it, said it was determined to explore other sources of finance to assist some of the most exposed households in England.

All of the money in the East Riding Coastal Change Pathfinder project (ERCCP) has now been allocated to households in the Aldbrough, Cowden, Hornsea, Skipsea, Tunstall and Ulrome areas, and 35 of them have been helped adapt to the impact of “coastal change”.

The scheme has also funded the demolition of 43 dangerous structures and properties. (more…)

Filed under: Press Article,Yorkshire — Tags: , — jaydublu @ 12:28 pm

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…)

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — jaydublu @ 5:21 pm

January 28, 2012

EDP: “Demolition looming for Happisburgh homes threatened by coastal erosion”

Bulldozers are due to move in and demolish Happisburgh’s doomed cliff-top homes this spring as the blighted seaside village prepares for a new lease of life.

Angie Fitch-Tillett, North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) cabinet member for the coast, said the council’s final purchase of nine erosion-threatened Beach Road homes had been wrapped up just before Christmas.

She added: “We are looking to get them down in the foreseeable future. In the worst case scenario it will be a couple of months.” (more…)

Filed under: Norfolk,Press Article — Tags: , , — jaydublu @ 2:27 pm

January 24, 2012

North West Evening Mail: “Minister ‘snubs’ Walney activists”

WALNEY residents whose homes are at risk of being washed into the sea have been snubbed by a government minister.

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock has now pledged to sit down with residents and town hall officials to consider the options after Richard Benyon refused his request to meet a local delegation to discuss the issue.

Mr Woodcock said: “The problem of coastal erosion at Earnse Bay is of pressing concern. (more…)

Filed under: Cumbria,Press Article — Tags: , , — jaydublu @ 1:33 pm

January 17, 2012

BBC Newsround: “Christmas trees being used to help stop coastal erosion”

Christmas may be over and done with but what about all the left over Christmas trees?

With 8 million Christmas trees sold in the UK every year that can be quite a waste if they’re not put to good use.

Instead of throwing your tree on the rubbish heap why not use it to help the environment?

Well, Hayley decided to do just that and took hers to Formby in Merseyside to see how it can be used to prevent coastal erosion.

Story on BBC Newsround

Filed under: Merseyside,Press Article — Tags: , , , — jaydublu @ 12:02 pm

January 14, 2012

Chichester Observer: “Full steam ahead for defence works in West Wittering “

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…)

Filed under: Press Article,Sussex — Tags: , , , , — jaydublu @ 11:35 am
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