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Much of Romney Marsh is below the present day high tide level and 14,500 homes, 700 businesses and nationally important critical infrastructure are at risk of flooding. Climate change and rising sea levels mean the number of people affected by flooding and erosion will increase significantly in the coming years if no new defences are constructed.
In the Folkestone to Cliff End Strategy (FoCES), the Environment Agency set out plans to manage flood and erosion risks along the coastline of Romney Marsh over the next 100 years, taking the predicted impacts of climate change into account. Over the next three financial years the Environment Agency will be preparing business cases for the Rother Tidal Walls East, Lydd Ranges, Hythe Ranges and Romney Sands schemes.
The business case will demonstrate the reduction in flood risk that the scheme will provide, how the defences could be constructed and how public money can be best used. It will also investigate:
- the environmental impact of the new scheme and how it could be mitigated.
- the construction materials and where these can be sourced from.
- how the amenity, environment and aesthetics of the existing coastal defences can be improved.
Rother Tidal Walls East public drop-in session
There will be a drop-in session on 2 March, 11am to 8pm at the school Creative Centre, New Road, Rye.
These defences will be a part of the local environment, so it is important that local people and groups are involved in their development. There are aspects such as construction materials, amenity use and visual appearance that local communities may be able to help shape.
The Environment Agency is also setting up a Community Engagement Group for the project where local representatives will work with the project team to help the flood risk solution fit with the local community.
You will also be able to find out more about joining the Community Engagement Group at the drop-in session.
For more information, please contact Tom Dauben at the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also follow the progress of the schemes on Twitter (@EnvAgencySE).
You can find out more about the wider work on Romney Marsh by visiting these pages: