Environment Agency to consider options for tackling cliff erosion

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have welcomed an Environment Agency led initiative to better understand what viable options exist for managing the risks posed by cliff erosion at Telscombe Cliffs

The stretch of coast from Ambleside Avenue South to Southern Water’s Portobello Works is undefended from erosion by the sea, which may pose a risk to homes and roads in the future.  

Recognising the complexities and technical difficulties posed at Telscombe Cliffs, the council has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Environment Agency.

Nick Gray, Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, said:

“We are excited to work with Lewes District Council on this important project. We look forward to working with them and the local community to create a solution which works for everyone.”

The Environment Agency will take the lead role on the project.

Councillor Matthew Bird (pictured), Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said:

“While there are no quick and easy solutions to these issues, it is important that a clear plan for managing the situation is developed, including various climate change scenarios.

“I am delighted that the Environment Agency will utilise their specialist expertise and resources in Telscombe to better understand and set out how the impact of coastal erosion in the area is best addressed.”

A large number of stakeholders, including residents and businesses, will be engaged and consulted as the project evolves, with the district council helping to facilitate and support that element of the process.

Councillor Chris Collier, Cabinet Member for Performance and People and ward councillor for Peacehaven East, said:

“Coastal erosion presents a complex challenge that no one local authority or agency can address alone.  However, by agreeing the MoU with the Environment Agency we are better placed to help manage the risks posed by climate change and a changing coast to properties and other assets.