Climate Change

The Impacts of Climate Change on Southend

In 2010 we carried out a Local Climate Impacts Profile ('LCLIP') to find out the effects that climate change could have throughout Southend.

The LCLIP found that the Borough is likely to be affected by having:

  • warmer and wetter winters
  • hotter and drier summers
  • an increased risk of coastal erosion
  • more severe weather, such as coastal flooding and flash floods.

This helped us to identify 5 priority actions to reduce the most serious threats to the Borough:

Aim Approach
Taking a strategic approach to land use planning
  • by making sure that new buildings are built in areas where flood risk is reduced
  • by managing the pressures on land (urban, natural and agricultural) in face of the changing climate
  • by enhancing green space in towns to help surface water drainage and to cope with rising temperatures.
Providing local infrastructure (energy, water, transport, waste and communications)
  • and make sure that this can cope with rising temperatures
  • make sure that this is resilient against extreme weather, such as storms, floods or droughts
  • make sure that it takes into account changing demand for energy, water use, travel and consumption.
Designing and renovating buildings
  • and ensure that they can cope with rising temperatures and floods
  • reduce water use through choosing the right construction materials and better design.
Managing natural resources sustainably
  • by using water more efficiently
  • by helping other species adapt and move as the climate changes
  • by making space for water along rivers and the coast.
Effective emergency planning
  • through making better use of weather forecasts to better prepare for extreme weather
  • by creating plans that reduce the impact on and to continually care for the most vulnerable groups in society during heat-waves and floods
  • by developing business plans based on high-quality climate risk information, so businesses can cope better with disruptions to their supply chains and damage to their assets.

Page last updated: 20/04/2017