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HSEPHERD SHELVES SEA WALLS ON THE SEA SHORE

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While districts are being amalgamated in the local government review, others are set to shrink under a new governme...
While districts are being amalgamated in the local government review, others are set to shrink under a new government strategy launched on Monday by Agriculture Minister Gillian Shepherd. Councils might consider plans for 'managed retreat' or shingle barriers to replace concrete sea walls as part of a national coastal defence strategy, a ministry spokesman said.

Councils, which spend a total of £300 million on these defences would receive £56m in grants next year. A new, more environmentally sensitive and anti Canutist approach to coastal defence was now fashionable. 'There is a growing feeling that [building sea walls] is just shifting the problem elsewhere,' the spokesman said.
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