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£11M to combat coastal flooding

Schemes proposed by 15 councils to combat flooding and coastal erosion are being backed by £11M of Government grants.

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said: “Our coastline has always been shaped by the sea and as climate change takes hold the risk of coastal change will only increase.

“No one can know or understand what these communities need better than the communities themselves and with this funding they will be able to work together to better prepare their people and businesses by adapting to local change.”

In June, the most at-threat councils were invited to enter the Coastal Change Pathfinder competition and come up with their own schemes to deal with the problems.

The winning councils come from all around the English coast, from Sefton in the North West to East Sussex in the South East.

Projects range from creating new sand dunes to buying land to rebuild properties at risk. Erosion affects 30% of the coastline while other areas are at risk of flooding.

Readers' comments (1)

  • The sea is eating away at the east coast of Yorkshire. Each year we lose anothere 2-3 metres. What are you doing about this, Mr Benn? Not a lot?

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