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Coastal management in action

The chalk cliffs provide magnificent views and are in themselves a stunning part of the natural scenery in the district. However, they are also vulnerable to erosion from sea, storm force winds and rain.

While it is central government’s responsibility to make the country more resilient and reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion, Lewes District Council is working with the Environment Agency and other key partners to understand the risks posed by sea level rise and climate along our coast.

We are also investing in existing coastal defences at Peacehaven and East Saltdean, ensuring they are maintained and repaired to maximise their life expectancy.

Following the winter storms, which cause ongoing wear and tear, council officers undertake extensive surveys to monitor and plan repairs. The works are prioritised according to the hazards and risks posed.

The works this year are likely to focus on repairs behind the sea wall to ensure the integrity of the defences when waves pound these structures.

Lewes District Sea Defences
William Meyer

Councillor William Meyer, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“While the overall management of our coastline is a government and Environment Agency responsibility, our officers do a fantastic job on a district level, most notably by sharing their vast local knowledge with our partners in the assessment of coastal risks and solutions.”