Sea defences – Shoebury
Published Friday 25th May 12 in Coastline - protection news
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council would like to clarify the situation regarding sea defences in Shoebury following recent misleading media coverage.
The Council's Shoreline Management Strategy, which was agreed last year, identified an area of Shoebury which needed strengthened sea defences in order to protect 500 homes in the area.
We have taken advice from the Environment Agency, the Government's advisors on flood defence matters, and they are supportive of our approach.
The Council is looking for a sustainable and cost-effective solution as something has to be done in this area in the short-term to protect it for the next hundred years.
Our preferred option is to take advantage of the spoil from the cliff slip and re-use this material to create a protective bund in the Shoebury Common area.
This would save on transport and disposal costs and deliver a cost-effective, sustainable and long-term solution for residents in the affected area.
There will be widespread public consultation if funding becomes available to progress these new sea defences and we would hope local residents and businesses will engage with the Council to help us deliver the best solution.