New organisation will protect the Dorset coastline

New organisation will protect the Dorset coastline

Published by Helen Down at 12:01am 21st June 2020.

Areas from Lyme Regis to Chewton Bunny to be covered by the Dorset Coastal Engineering Partnership

Dorset Council and BCP Council have partnered up to protect local communities and residents from flooding and erosion. 

The new organisation is called Dorset Coastal Engineering Partnership and will cover areas from Lyme Regis to Chewton Bunny. 

The main functions are to set long term strategies to manage the shoreline, maintain coastal assets and help with research and innovative techniques.

West bay cliffs
West Bay cliffs

Ray Bryan is the Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment at Dorset Council, he said: 

"Historically, Councils have individually managed coastal erosion for their respective authority, delivering ad-hoc projects in small teams. 

"The partnership approach, which follows best practice in the industry, gives confidence that we can now better manage and prioritise schemes across the whole of the Dorset coastline.  

"It also puts us in a better position to secure the necessary government funding, which is a complex process."

Dorset and BCP Council will work with Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to help with the co-ordination of proposed schemes.

Including, how the costs and benefits of any investment can be spread between geographical areas, communities and sectors.

The Environment Agency Area Flood Risk Manager for Wessex is Ron Curtis, he said: 

"The national strategy encourages Councils to form partnerships, so we are delighted this section of the Dorset coastline is now being managed as one coastal-cell.  

"As well as ensuring a fair allocation of funds to protect local communities, the partnership will be better able to communicate and involve people in the Dorset-wide coast protection policies.  

"This is crucial as we continue to prepare for climate change, developing and providing solutions for managing coastal flood and erosion risk." 

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