Residents invited to find out more about £100 million coastal scheme

A Cabinet councillor at Eastbourne Borough Council is encouraging residents to find out more about the Eastbourne to Pevensey Coastal Management Scheme plans by attending one of the upcoming drop-in sessions.

Sea levels are projected to rise by over one metre in the south of England and with increasingly powerful storms also predicted, the risk of flooding, damage to property and erosion increases all the time. The Environment Agency scheme will help make Eastbourne to Pevensey Bay more resilient to coastal flooding.

The £100 million project, which includes the area around the Bandstand, will become one of the largest coastal flood risk schemes in the country, using innovative and creative solutions to maximise economic, environmental, and social opportunities to deliver multiple benefits.

The face-to-face drop-in sessions are running from Monday 25th April to Thursday 5th May, at various locations in Eastbourne, Sovereign Harbour and Pevensey Bay, along with virtual webinars online. People have the chance to listen to members of the project team talk through some of the possible future solutions for this coastline with the opportunity to ask questions.

Councillor Colin Swansborough, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: "The headlines around the project understandably reflect the long-term risk of flooding along the seafront and the sea defence work that is required. However, it is exciting that the scheme will also be designed to enhance local biodiversity and help the town meet our climate change commitments, such as becoming carbon net zero.

"There are face-to-face drop in events and online sessions planned, so whatever format works best for individuals, there are opportunities to get involved and I encourage as many residents as possible to do exactly that."

Booking is required for the project team talks, but the exhibitions will run through the day and residents can drop-in at anytime.

Full details are available on the project website: www.pevenseyandeastbournecoast.co.uk