Concerns raised about town’s flood defences

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A meeting is being held later this month to discuss the future of Seaford’s weather defences amid fears the town is at serious risk of flooding.

The current flood defences were put to the test last winter as storms battered the south coast. While flood warnings were issued to a number of residents, Seaford was fortunate to avoid serious flooding, unlike neighbours Newhaven where 50 houses and 10 business premises were ruined and £1 million of damage was caused to signalling equipment as the railway line was closed for four days.

However, the storms removed a large amount of shingle from Seaford’s beaches, hence removing a large part of the town’s flood defences. Now, with winter around the corner and the weather beginning to turn, concerns are being raised that the town’s weather defences will not be up to the task should storms hit again.

Seaford’s 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.

Arrangements have been made for four key speakers to 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 such problems in Seaford in future and Ian Hodgson, from the Resilience and Emergency Partnership, will discuss planning for flooding events.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and have their voices heard on what is an important issue for the future of Seaford.

Admission to the meeting is free of charge.