Residents have their say on new coastal management scheme for Shoeburyness

January 28, 2019 by Leigh-on-sea

Almost 150 people have so far had their say on plans to protect Shoeburyness from tidal flooding and coastal erosion. 

The coastal management project covers the 2km stretch of coast between Thorpe Bay Yacht Club and the World War II Quick Battery and will improve protection to residential properties, beach-front businesses, and critical infrastructure including roads, railway, and utilities services within the area. 

So far 150 residents, community group representatives and beach hut owners have given their feedback either online or by attending a drop-in consultation event at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club. 

There is one more consultation event due to take place on Tuesday 5 February between 10am and 8pm. The event showcases the four shortlisted options and gives visitors the chance to speak with the marine engineers who proposed them. 

You can also view the proposals, read the “Non-technical Summary” and complete the questionnaire by visiting www.bettersouthend.co.uk and selecting Shoeburyness Coastal Management Scheme.

Cllr Mark Flewitt, cabinet member for public protection, said: “I’m pleased that so many residents and community groups have already engaged with us over this consultation, but we really want to make sure as many people as possible take the opportunity to have their say. 

“This is vital to the protection of Shoeburyness, as most coastal defences along the seafront are getting quite old and are not fit for the anticipated rise in sea levels and storms brought about by climate change. It’s so important we act now.”

Further details of these options can be found by visiting www.bettersouthend.co.uk and selecting Shoeburyness Coastal Management Scheme. 

The last drop-in event will be held at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, 115 Thorpe Bay Gardens, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 3NW.

You can also request hardcopy of the proposals and questionnaire by emailing bettersouthend@southend.gov.uk or calling 01702 215408.


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