See Plans To Tackle Flooding In Swanage
10:17am 1st March 2013
Public consultations on managing the future of our coastline take place in Swanage today (1st March).
The drop-in session is part of a six-week process asking you what you think of the Environment Agency's proposed plans on how to handle coastal erosion and flood risks.
Richard Cresswell, South West Director of the Environment Agency, explained to Wessex FM that 'Rising sea levels and pressures on public spending mean that managing flood risk into the future will become increasingly challenging.
'The Strategy has built on the existing Shoreline Management Plans and this summary document sets out the Steering Group's recommendation of what is required in the future.'
He added, 'I hope people living in the coastal communities affected will add their comments to this Strategy consultation and help to shape the future of our coast. We need to consider all these interests and ensure we protect what is most valued. The coastline will change, as it has in the past, but we have the opportunity to influence how this happens.'
The draft Strategy has been developed in partnership with the Environment Agency, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, the Borough of Poole, Purbeck District Council, Natural England, English Heritage, the National Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners and the RSPB.
The consultation is open to all and runs until the 1st of April 2013.
The drop-in session in Swanage will take place at All Saints Church Hall from 1pm until 6pm.
There will also be a session in Wareham on the 8th of March at the Corn Exchange at the same times as above.
For more information head to the Environment Agency's website.