The Environment Agency is hosting two public exhibitions in Newhaven to update the local community on plans for the East Sussex town’s tidal flood alleviation scheme.
The project is being delivered in partnership with Lewes District Council, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.
Local residents and interested groups will have the opportunity to view the current plans and talk to members of the project team.
These exhibitions will provide an update on the plans presented at exhibitions held in February this year.
The exhibitions will be held at the Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, on Friday, November 27 between 2pm and 5pm and on Monday, November 30 between 4pm and 7pm.
When completed, the £17 million flood defence scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to 431 homes and 387 businesses in and around Newhaven. The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and South East Local Enterprise Partnership are each contributing £1.5 million, as part of their wider commitment to regeneration in Newhaven.
The town of Newhaven is vulnerable to flooding from the sea and the River Ouse. Like all major rivers, the River Ouse has a history of flooding. In December 2013, the south coast of England was hit by a storm surge coming down from the North Sea. The storm saw hurricane force winds and the highest tide in some places for almost 60 years. In Newhaven, flooding affected between 50 and 100 properties, especially in the Railway Road area, as well as closing the railway line between Lewes and Seaford.
This risk of flooding will increase over time as climate change leads to sea level rise and rainfall events becoming more frequent.
Gordon Wilson, Environment Agency area flood and coastal risk manager, said: “We understand the local community might have questions about the scheme. Please come along and talk to the project team to find out more.
“Our proposed designs will reduce the flood risk to hundreds of properties along the banks of the River Ouse and the commercial areas near the port. We want to share the project’s current plans for improving protection to homes and business and also local infrastructure such as the road network, railway tracks and the train station. This scheme will also support the wider regeneration of Newhaven, helping to bring new investment, jobs and homes to the area.
“This is an ideal opportunity for local people to let us know what they think about the current plans, including any concerns they may have.”
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