Meeting this week for Seaford sea defences

Seaford beach showing work continuing at renewing the shingle despite storms and high tides. January 3rd 2012 E01037N ENGSNL00120120301140159
Seaford beach showing work continuing at renewing the shingle despite storms and high tides. January 3rd 2012 E01037N ENGSNL00120120301140159
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A meeting is being held later this week to discuss the future of Seaford’s weather defences amid fears the town is at serious risk of flooding.

The shingle beach is maintained at an annual cost of £300,000 by the Environment Agency’s contractors but, with other areas of the UK now calling for better protection from flooding, it is expected pressure will be put on to reduce the amount of money spent on Seaford’s defences.

Four key speakers will give presentations and answer questions at a meeting organised by Seaford Community Partnership on Friday, October 24 (7pm) at the Clinton Centre. Norman Baker MP will cover a national perspective, while the Environment Agency’s Coastal Communities 2150 Project team leader John Gower will demonstrate, using computer modelling, the possible impact of rises in sea level and options for adapting to such rises.

Kim Smith, team leader partnership and strategic overview for Flood Risk Management, will describe last year’s flooding and outline the Environment Agency’s strategies to address problems in Seaford in future and Ian Hodgson, from the Resilience and Emergency Partnership, will discuss planning for flooding.

Admission is free.