Sara Hawthorn 22 August 2014

Coastal defence scheme will protect 1,400 Kent homes from flooding

Coastal defence scheme will protect 1,400 Kent homes from flooding image

Construction is set to begin on 2.4km of coastal defences along the Kent coastline to improve flood protection and infrastructure.

Team van Oord was appointed by the Environment Agency to implement a number of new measures including 1.7km of rock revetment and tidal wave wall, increased shingle on 700m of beach, and eight new 54m groynes to stabilise the beach and retain beach material.

The work will cover an area of beach from The Suttons, Camber to the western boundary of Lydd Ranges, and is scheduled for completion in December 2015. The works will also help protect the main coastal road and sewage works.

Ian Nunn, Environment Agency operations manager, said: 'I am delighted that work is able to start on this important new scheme, an essential project which I know is important for the people of Camber and Lydd Ranges. Our team will make every effort to minimise the impact on local residents and businesses throughout the construction of the new scheme, and work will be restricted to between 8am and 6pm.'

The final scheme will feature sculptures from artist, Will Nash, formed from the remnant timber groynes and funded by the National Lottery, through Arts Council England.

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