Defence works have started in Medmerry

WORK has started to create an innovative £15m sea defence project to protect 300 homes in Medmerry from flooding.

The project is aimed to be completed by spring 2013. The project will see the construction of over 7km of new sea defences situated further inland than the existing shingle bank. The scheme will also create important new wildlife rich wetlands.

To carry out the programme of work, access to sections of the beach at either end of the scheme will be restricted for delivery of rock construction materials.

The rock will be delivered by boat in early December 2011 and January 2012. The closure of these sections of beach will be minimised while this essential work is carried out.

Short-term closures of several footpaths are also necessary during 2012. Further closures of the beach are required to enable construction of the floodbank behind it.

Traffic on local roads will see an increase because of deliveries of construction materials, but every effort will be made to reduce disturbance while construction is taking place.

On occasions Saturday working may be required, especially to take advantage of good weather periods during the winter months. Because of the daily tidal cycle, night-time working will be required when delivering the rock. Once the project is completed, the Environment Agency will continue to manage the flood defence structures, and the RSPB will manage the wildlife habitats and access.