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APPROVAL FOR TWO MAJOR NEW COASTAL DEFENCE SCHEMES IN SUSSEX

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Two coastal defence schemes in Sussex are to get a total of ...
Two coastal defence schemes in Sussex are to get a total of

£13m in government grant aid, floods minister Elliot Morley

announced today.

The schemes in Shoreham and Brighton will strengthen and improve

present defences. The total cost of these works will be about

£22m. Work is due to start in the autumn.

More than 1,400 homes and businesses will be protected by the new

Shoreham scheme which will involve building 33 breakwaters and

raising and widening the existing beach crest. The department for

environment, food & rural affairs will contribute£7m to the

£12m project.

Work to protect the Brighton frontage, from Brighton Marina to

Ovingdean will cost£10m. The DEFRA contribution of£6m

for this scheme follows previous government grants totalling

£11m given towards defences between Brighton and Saltdean over

the last 10 years.

Mr Morley said:

'These important schemes will protect many homes, businesses and

conservation sites from coastal erosion and tidal breaches.

'Shoreham Beach and Widewater Lagoon are both Sites of Nature

Conservation Importance, and the Lagoon is also a Local Nature

Reserve. A tidal breach could seriously damage these important

environmental features by destroying habitats. It is also important

to protect the beach and lagoon as these are popular public

amenities.

'The Brighton scheme will strengthen existing defences and protect

the undercliff promenade, the beaches, the interceptor sewer to

Portobello and the A259 trunk road.

'These awards underline the continuing strength of government

commitment to flood and coastal defence provision.'

The DEFRA-approved Shoreham scheme is part of the long-term Arun to

Adur Coastal Defence Strategy agreed by the department in September

2001.

Notes:

1. The Environment Agency has overall responsibility for the Shoreham

scheme, with Worthing BC contributing to the programme of works.

2. Brighton and Hove City Council has overall responsibility for the

Brighton frontage scheme.

3. Government investment in flood defence increased by an extra

£15m a year in the wake of the Autumn 2000 floods. New funds over

and above this were allocated in the Comprehensive Spending

Review 2002, delivering an increase of£150m by 2005-06 which

will take flood and coastal defence spending up to£564m per

year.

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