Public exhibitions about flooding and erosion

PUBLIC exhibitions are being held in Sidlesham and Pagham to discuss the risks of flooding and erosion.

The Environment Agency (EA) is holding the exhibitions, in partnership with Arun District Council and Chichester District Council, to display the current risks which face the local coastline and surrounding areas.

The EA recognises local residents are concerned about recent increased rates of erosion in the area as well as the risk of flooding from within the harbour.

The exhibitions will show the community what the plans are for managing these risks into the future.

Officers from the EA, Arun District Council, Chichester District Council and Natural England will be available at the exhibitions so residents can ask any questions about flood and coastal erosion risks.

The exhibitions will be held on Monday and next Wednesday at St Ninians Church in Pagham, and also on Thursday, March 1 at Sidlesham Church Hall. The events will take place from 2pm-7pm each day.

Copies of an information booklet on the plans has been posted to residents who live directly on the beach or within the flood plain of the harbour.

The document can also be downloaded from the EA’s website and will be freely available to pick up at the exhibitions.

James Humphrys, Solent and South Downs area manager for the EA, said: “The changes we have seen around Pagham Harbour over the past ten years have been notable and difficult to predict.

“Following a great deal of study and analysis we now have detailed plans to manage the flood and erosion risks into the future that work with nature rather than against it.

“We appreciate that Pagham Harbour is a dynamic and fast-changing coastal area, so we have to be flexible with our approach.”

For more information visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/paghamharbour or call 08708 506 506.