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Have your say! Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is consulting on the Southend-on-Sea Shoreline Strategy

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is consulting on the Southend-on-Sea Shoreline Strategy. This will outline Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s proposed approach to managing the risk of tidal flooding and the erosion of our shoreline over the next 100 years. Sea levels are set to rise over the next hundred years, increasing risk of flooding and coastal erosion.

The Council has a duty to protect local people and properties by managing these risks effectively. At the same time, it has a responsibility to protect the environment and the unique habitats along our shoreline and consider the impact that building sea defences may have on these. We cannot eliminate these risks of flooding and erosion entirely. However, we can reduce their impact by working with others and preparing for them. We are developing the Shoreline Strategy with other organisations that share an interest in our coastline. These include Natural England and the Environment Agency. But we also want interested local residents, businesses and community groups to help shape the Shoreline Strategy so that the approach we adopt is widely understood and jointly supported.

Public Consultation

The council are asking for views about the five Key areas and the options shortlisted:

  • What area is of most importance to you and why
  • Do you consider that the options being considered are the most appropriate
  • How you perceive and use the foreshore
  • Any issues or views you have on the existing coastline

With comments invited during an eight-week period from 21stAugust to 13th October 2017. All comments must be received by 17:00 on Friday 13th October 2017.

How to Respond

In line with e-government policy, we encourage you to respond to the consultation online via: www.southend.gov.uk/shoreline.

Alternatively, response forms can be downloaded from the website www.southend.gov.uk/shoreline or paper response forms can be sent out on request or collected from Southend Council Offices. Completed response forms should be sent to:

  • (FAO Business Intelligence Officer) Deputy Chief Executive (Place), PO Box 5557, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6ZF;
  • Or via email: bettersouthend@southend.gov.uk

If you have any queries relating to the consultation or want advice on how to respond, please contact the Performance Team on 01702 215408 during office hours Monday-Friday, or email bettersouthend@southend.gov.uk

All responses will be publicly available and cannot be treated as confidential, although address, telephone and email details will not be published.

Public ‘drop in’ sessions have been arranged at the following locations

Saturday 9th September – 10am – 3pm

Leigh Town Community Centre   - 73 Elm Road, Leigh on Sea, SS9  

Monday 11th September  - 3pm – 9pm

The Forum – Elmer Square, Elmer Approach, Southend SS1 1NE

Tuesday 12th September – 10am – 5pm

Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, 115 Thorpe Bay Gardens, Southend SS1 3NW

For paper copies of the options and this questionnaire and details of consultation events please email bettersouthend@southend.gov.uk