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£2million to be spent on flood defences to protect 3,000 homes in Folkestone and Hythe

Contributed by editor on Nov 07, 2020 - 04:00 PM

 

Funding has been secured to ensure the continuation of beach management works mitigating fears of flooding  between Hythe and Folkestone for the next five years.



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Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) will receive nearly £2m from the Environment Agency – ensuring up to 3,000 homes along the 7km stretch of coastline can be protected from flooding.

The works see the recycling and regrading of shingle beaches between Fisherman’s Beach and Folkestone Harbour. It has been carried out twice a year since the scheme was first introduced in 2004.

The latest phase started last week and it will take approximately 10 weeks to complete.

Cllr John Collier, F&HDC Cabinet Member for Property Management and Grounds Maintenance, said: “Securing the money needed to carry out this essential work for another five years is a real achievement – it will benefit thousands of our residents.

“The safety of workers is paramount to us and we have worked closely with our contractor to ensure the right measures are put in place in light of the COVID-19 guidance issued by central government.”

Some 71,000m³ of shingle is recycled each year between Fisherman’s Beach and Folkestone Harbour during the beach management works.

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