Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Aldeburgh: Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership calls for funding assurances regarding major sea defence scheme

10:05 13 May 2014

Mike Page Aerial Photo Library:  Slaughden

Mike Page Aerial Photo Library: Slaughden

Communities in east Suffolk have called for assurances that a major sea defence scheme will be funded centrally – without the need for their own contributions.

The Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership (AOEP) has reported encouraging progress in funding small-scale flood defences – but members are concerned they will be asked to make further contributions towards a multi-million pound seawall scheme in Slaughden near Aldeburgh. The fears were raised when an Environment Agency (EA) officer disclosed the need to find funding for a “major capital project” at the AOEP’s annual meeting.

Partnership chairman Sir Edward Greenwell said that while it was reasonable to expect local communities to contribute towards low “cost benefit ratio” schemes, such as those the AOEP has been working towards, major sea defences should remain a national funding priority.

“The distinction we’ve been maintaining thus far is that while we can accept the need to find local contributions for the soft estuary defences, when you get to the large scale coastal defences it’s beyond what local property owners or parish councils can cope with,” he said.

“Aldeburgh, particularly because of the music, but also because of its attraction to visitors from all over Britain, should be treated as a national, or certainly a regional, issue.”

The AOEP is already trying to raise between £5m and £7m for estuary defences that the EA has reduced its funding for. Landowners have offered to sell 40 sites in the region under the Enabling Development scheme to help pay for the defences. The scheme removes restrictions from sites which are usually prohibited from development in view of the wider benefits from doing so.

Despite the successes so far, Sir Edward said the partnership would be unable to raise the additional millions to support the seawall project.

“The partnership will struggle to achieve what it has to do in the estuary – and that was without expecting to support any large sea defence projects,” he said.

Any shortfall not covered by the Government or EA, Sir Edward believes, should come from the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) – formed from the county councils in Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk.

A spokesman for the EA said it had become more challenging to maintain the Slaughden frontage following the December storm surge but recognised its importance for the wider estuary.

“We are keen to establish a technically feasible and economically viable solution in discussion with others locally and a meeting is being scheduled with the AOEP,” the spokesman added.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said the Slaughden project had not yet advanced enough to bid for the RFCC funding.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Ipswich train station

The train lines from London to Ipswich have now reopened after a man was hit and killed by a train between Colchester and Manningtree earlier today.

Showers have tested positive for Legionella bacteria at Walton-on-the-Naze lifestyles

Bosses have decided to shut an Essex leisure centre over fears a customer contracted a serious lung infection after using the showers.

Fares on Greater Anglia trains will go up less steeply than the national average.

Rail fares on East Anglia’s lines are set to rise by just under 2% in January.

Mark Savin, 39, from Bury St Edmunds

Tributes have continued to pour in for 39-year-old Bury St Edmunds architect Mark Savin after his sudden death on Sunday.

Kameron May infographic. Pic: Suffolk Constabulary

Parents and victims of a jailed Suffolk paedophile have told of the devastating emotional damage his “abhorrent” crimes inflicted on them.

Frosty Morning at Woodbridge Tide Mill. Photo by Peter Cutts

Through our iwitness24 site, readers are able to share their photos of Suffolk’s top beauty spots, of landmarks and of some of our amazing wildlife in action.

Festive Taste Testing.

Our judging panel put Christmas food from the supermarkets to the test.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24