Construction set to start on major sea defence scheme for Deal

The Environment Agency will begin work on a £10 million sea defence project running along the Kent coast. The ambitious scheme will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to 1,418 homes and 148 commercial properties in the town & will also protect other key assets including the Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay Special Protection Area and Ramsar Site, the Sandwich Bay Special Area of Conservation; the railway line between Ramsgate and Dover in addition to historic monuments and listed buildings in North Deal.
The project will see a new 200m long rock barrier being created north of Sandown Castle that will significantly improve the standard of protection from coastal flooding and reduce the risk of a breach. This is in addition to 120,000 cubic metres of shingle being delivered via a pipeline from an offshore dredger to bolster the beach against the tides. The shingle will act as a natural defence against tidal wave action and will be moved into place with bulldozers and dumper trucks from mid September. Read more on the Environment Agency website…

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23,000 tonnes of rock to be put in place for Medmerry Sea defence scheme

Subject to favourable weather conditions, the final shipment of the 23,000 tonnes of rock that will be used in the Medmerry sea defence scheme will be delivered onto the beach this week. In order to carry out the construction work, access to sections of the beach at either end of the scheme is restricted. The closure of these sections of beach will be minimised whilst this essential work is carried out, especially as there are no alternative routes across this beach. When the project is finally complete the Medmerry frontage between Selsey and Bracklesham will have over 7km of new sea defences, situated further inland than the existing shingle bank. The scheme will also create important new wildlife rich wetlands to offset the anticipated loss of protected intertidal habitats in the Solent over the coming 100 years. It will also open up carefully devised new public access for local communities and visitors to enjoy. Andrew Gilham, Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, said:
“Input from the community has been invaluable in shaping the way in which the project will be delivered as well as their enthusiasm on the added environmental benefits it will bring to the area. We will continue to work closely with community groups, local authorities and our partner environmental organisations, such as the RSPB, throughout construction of this ambitious project.”
The scheme covers the area of more than 300 football pitches and, in addition to new defences, will include new public footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways, two small car parks, and four viewpoints. Read more on the Environment Agency website…