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Coast Protection

As 'Coast Protection Authority' we manage 8.4km of the total 12.9km frontage of the borough’s coastline. 

Within the 8.4km, we look after:

  • 94 timber groynes

  • 3.65km of concrete seawalls

  • 0.9km of rock revetments.

Coastal Risk

Coastal risk is managed through a 3 tier framework - Shoreline Management Plans, Coastal Defence Strategies and individual capital schemes.  We follow a programme of repairs and maintenance (from the council’s Revenue budget) as well as the Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Project.

Shoreline Management Plans (SMP)

The purpose of a SMP is to provide a large scale assessment of the risks associated with coastal processes.  It presents a policy framework to reduce those risks to people and the developed, historic and natural environment in a sustainable way.  These plans provide the basis of sustainable coastal defence policies and set objectives for the future management of the coastline.

Eastbourne is covered by two SMPs:

  • the Beachy Head to Selsey Bill SMP

  • the South Foreland to Beachy Head. 

You can find out more on the Southeast Coastal Group website.

Coastal Defence Strategies

Flooding and erosion are real risks facing people and their properties along the Eastbourne coastline

Within 100 years, as sea levels rise, it is predicted that several thousand homes in low lying areas will be at risk of flooding from a 1 in 200 chance event.  In partnership with the Environment Agency and others, we have produced strategic recommendations in order to manage current and future risks along this part of the Sussex coast.

There are two strategies which involve the Eastbourne coastline:

  1. Cuckmere to Redoubt

  2. Redoubt to Cooden

You can find details and download the report from the Southeast Coastal Group website 

The strategies identify the schemes which are required in the foreseeable future. Subject to council consideration, they will be included within the our Capital Programme and bids will be made to the Environment Agency for grant aid to fund the works.

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