Public are invited to view Camber sea defence works

With work on the Broomhill Sands coastal defence system well underway Environment Agency is hosting a public drop-in session in Camber to update the local community.

So far, over 50,000 tonnes of rock have been delivered to the coastline to protect the flood embankment, and the project contractors Team Van Oord have constructed the first part of the rock revetment and started work on the base of the new wave wall. The rocks are being transported by a special barge.

Local residents and interested groups will have the opportunity to talk to the Environment Agency and find out more on how the scheme is going at the drop-in session, which will be held at the Environment Agency’s Visitor Centre in Broomhill Car Park, on Tuesday October 28 between 10am and 4pm.

When complete, the Broomhill Sands coastal defence scheme will improve the flood protection to over 1,300 homes and over 100 businesses by increasing the standard of protection to the area from 1 in 20 years to 1 in 200 years. The scheme will cover 2.4km of beach from The Suttons, Camber to the western boundary of Lydd Ranges.

“It will include a new 1.7km rock revetment and tidal wave wall; increasing the amount of shingle along 700 metres of the beach; the replacement of a number of the existing timber groynes with eight new 54m groynes to stabilise the beach and retain beach material and widened and improved access along the tops of the sea defences.

Ian Nunn, Environment Agency Operations Manager, said: “Work on the scheme has been going really well so far and I would like to update the local community and answer any questions they might have.

“I would encourage members of the public to come along to the drop-in session to talk to Environment Agency staff and find out more.”