§ Lord Fearn
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Which areas of England have introduced sea defences to their coastlines in the past 10 years. [HL816]109WA
§ Lord Whitty
Defra has overall policy responsibility for flood and coastal erosion risk in England. The department funds most of the Environment Agency's activities in this area and provides grant aid on a project by project basis to the other flood and coastal defence operating authorities (local authorities and internal drainage boards) to support their investment in improvement works.
The Environment Agency is the principal authority responsible for managing sea defences in England, although some local authorities are also active in managing the risk from sea flooding and coastal erosion.
Most investment in projects to reduce risk of coastal erosion or flooding from the sea is to improve the protection offered by existing defences, most of which will have been in place for many years, with periodic improvement through major works in addition to regular maintenance.
The department is aware of the following coastal defences (to manage risk of flooding and/or erosion) which could be considered to be "new" rather than being improvements of existing defences:
Operating Authority Project Barrow Borough Council Bent Haw, Walney Island Emergency Works Barrow Borough Council Marsh Street, Askam-In-Furness Caradon District Council Cawsand—Coastfuard Cottages Carrick District Council Veryan—The Nare Hotel Christchurch Borough Council Mudeford Quay—Reconstruction Copeland Borough Council Parton Coastal Defences East Devon District Council Seaton Hole To Seaton—Rock Revetment East Devon Distract Council Seaton West (Check House) Sea Wall East Ridind of Yorkshire Easington Beach Management Environment Agency, South West Appledore Tidal Defence Scheme Environment Agency, South West Bideford Tidal Defences Environment Agency, South West Braunton Tidal Defence Scheme Environment Agency, South West Hamworthy Sea Defences Environment Agency, South West Lympstone Tidal Defence Scheme Environment Agency, South West Muddlebridge Tidal Defence Scheme Environment Agency, South West Poole Sea Defences—Phase 2—Town Quay West Environment Agency, South West Preston Sea Wall—Weymouth Environment Agency, South West Weymouth Harbour Tidal Defences Environment Agency, South West Brean Environment Agency, South West Minehead Environment Agency, South West West Bay Sea Defences Environment Agency, South West Sladesbridge Flood Defence Scheme Isle of Wight Council Castle Cove, Ventnor Isle of Wight Council Castle Haven, Niton Coast Protection Scheme Kerrier District Council Cadgwith—The Todden North Cornwall District Council Trevone (West) Coast Protection North Devon District Council Barnstaple Heanton Court Emergency Works Poole Borough Council Canford Cliffs Coast Protection Poole Borough Council Everning Hill Coast Protection—Poole—Dorset
Operating Authority Project Poole Borough Council Sandbanks Coast Protection Poole Borough Council Sandbanks—Phase 2 Purbeck District Council Kimmeridge Bay Sea Wall Redcar and Cleveland Council Cowbar Coastal Defences. Teignbridge District Council Teignmouth—Emergency Works—Point Car Park Wansbeck District Council Alcan Power Station, Lynemouth Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Newtons Cove Coast Protection West Dorset District Council Seatown Coast Protection West Somerset District Council Helwell Bay—Doniford