A vision for the coastline over the next 20 years

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.

The new system went live in November and reveals how the coastline area from Saltdean through Telscombe, Peacehaven, Newhaven, Seaford and along to Cuckmere Haven will alter over time.

All the information can be seen at the Environment Agency website.

Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for the Environment at Lewes District Council, said, “We are pleased that Sussex is a pilot for the national coastal erosion mapping project.

“This will give people living along the coast much better information on how the area is changing and on what we and our partners are doing to manage it.

“Having up-to date information also helps us in bidding for national funds to keep our coast defences in good condition.

“Where property and infrastructure might be at risk from erosion, it can help in getting work done to assess the options available for future management of the coast.

“We will then want to look at getting funds for implementing the preferred options.”