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Lack of funds endangering coastal defence


THE LACK of investment in new coastal protection schemes has reached crisis point, experts at the International Conference on Landslides and Climate Change told NCE's sister magazine Ground Engineering.

'There is no funding for coastal protection schemes, ' said Halcrow associate director Roger Moore. 'All the preliminary studies are fine but remediation work has just been put on hold. It's madness - the regulations are getting in the way of the work that needs to be done.' Experts also said that where work is under way there is uncertainty over whether funding will continue. Van Oord business and development director Ray Hallam said plans to complete its work on improvements to defences at Dymchurch in Kent may be held up due to finance problems. 'If there are any delays it will be because of funding, ' he said.

Defra said that the total pot of cash allocated to the Environment Agency and local authorities had increased this year but that it is not responsible for how cash is distributed.

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