Chance to find out more about flood defences

Bad  erosion at Sovereign Harbour in early 2014 SUS-150327-142607001
Bad erosion at Sovereign Harbour in early 2014 SUS-150327-142607001

Residents in Sovereign Harbour and Pevensey Bay who want to find out more about the risk of flooding in their area can find out more at a special meeting.

The Pevensey Bay Sea Defences’ Annual Public Forum takes place on Wednesday April 8, and will be held between 2pm and 6pm at St. Wilfrid’s Hall, Pevensey Bay.

The defences along the Pevensey Bay coast require constant maintenance to ensure they provide the high level of defence required. Covering nine kilometres of coast between Sovereign Harbour 
and Cooden Beach, the defences protect an area of 50 
square kilometres and approximately 17,000 properties as well as the important Pevensey Levels.

The event is being hosted by Pevensey Coastal Defence in conjunction with the Environment Agency.

Residents are encouraged to come along, view the displays being mounted 
and discuss coastal and 
flooding issues with those involved in the work and the Environment Agency team responsible for issuing flood warnings and 
managing flooding incidents.

Pevensey is the site of a unique public private partnership project.

In 2000 the Environment Agency signed a £30 million contract with Pevensey Coastal Defence Limited to guarantee maintenance of the defences for 25 years.

The annual event is held to keep residents informed of work being done on their behalf as part of the sea defence scheme, to provide information on the coastline and how it is changing through natural processes, to raise awareness of flood risk in the area, and provide access to other ecological and environmental information.