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