Elmer flood and coastal erosion risk management scheme Summer 2020

The Environment Agency is working in partnership with Arun District Council and Elmer Sands Limited to improve the coastal defences and reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion at Elmer. Construction for the Elmer flood and coastal erosion risk management scheme began in September 2019 and is now complete.

The scheme is split into three main areas between “Deepdean Close” in the west and “The Hard” in the east: This is to let local residents know that construction of the scheme has now finished and to thank the community for their patience and understanding during the construction work.

The next phase is a period of ongoing review and management of the beach in accordance with the beach management plan. Look back on what has been achieved Throughout construction there have been numerous challenges – in particular the weather. It has been extremely wet and there have been several significant storms. Coronavirus has also presented a challenge for the project however the EA remained determined to complete the sea defence project. The project consisted of:

• Extension of the rock revetment

• Shingle beach recharge

• New boat ramp and improved footpath for beach users.

The final shingle delivery was made in April, enabling us to finish the scheme on site by the projected contractual end date.

Due to Coronavirus it was not possible for a standard opening ceremony or celebration to be held. Instead socially distanced filming of the works and interviews with key project members were completed to create an informative project video which has been uploaded onto the Environment Agency’s YouTube Channel to celebrate what has been achieved.

This is available to download here: https://youtu.be/MqF_ZhNMWwk

Or search ” Elmer Beach Management Scheme ” on You Tube.

Thank you again for your support whilst we completed this project.

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