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West Wittering is 10 kilometres south-west of Chichester in West Sussex. It is at significant risk of flooding from high tides in Chichester Harbour.
The North Solent shoreline management plan and the Pagham to East Head coastal defence strategy, recommend improving West Wittering’s flood defences.
The Environment Agency has now finished building a new flood defence to protect the Sussex village of West Wittering from high tides in Chichester Harbour.
They began building the new defence in April 2012 and it now provides a better level of flood protection to 55 properties, the local school and Southern Water’s sewage pumping station.
The new defence looks similar to the one that was there before, but taller and wider. It is made out of earth and clay, with rocks protecting the wet side.
The Environment Agency worked closely with the parish council, the residents association and the landowner (West Wittering Estate) to develop this flood defence.
The community raised a substantial contribution to fund this defence. The contribution includes a private donation from The FG Woodger Trust, contributions from West Wittering Estate and a significant amount from local residents.
Overall, nearly £650,000 was raised.
For more information, email: SSDEnquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk