Speakers to talk about flooding defences in Seaford

A meeting about Seaford’s flood defences will be held on October 24 at the Clinton Centre, Seaford, at 7pm.

Organisers said last winter saw a series of bad storms which removed much of the shingle from the beach and a large part of Seaford’s sea defences. It costs £300,000 to maintain the shingle beach which protects the town where the Environment Agency move large amounts of shingle to form defences.

With much of the country suffering serious flooding organisers said there could be widespread demands for more money to be spent on flood defences elsewhere. A spokesman said: “We can expect much pressure to reduce the money spent on Seaford’s flood defences in future. Seaford, Newhaven, the Ouse Valley and Lewes have been fortunate in being part of a project co-funded by the European Union known as Coastal Communities Project 2150. Options were developed by the project team to illustrate different ways of adapting to the increased risks of flooding. The traditional approaches of building higher sea walls and river banks will not always be sustainable in the future. Arrangements have been made for four key speakers to give presentations and answer questions at a meeting organised by Seaford Community Partnership.”

The speakers will cover a demonstration using computer modelling on the possible impact of rises in sea level and options for adapting to rises, a description of last year’s flooding and outline the Environment Agency’s strategies to address problems in future in Seaford and Newhaven, and planning for flooding events. Organisers said it is an important subject for the future of Seaford and Newhaven and people are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.