Coast protection in Weymouth and Portland
We are actively engaged in coastal erosion matters, which currently include monitoring beach levels at Weymouth and Chesil, a coastal erosion study of the the beach and curved sea wall at Chesil Cove. All work conforms to the strategies in the Shoreline Management Plan, which sets out the polices of tackling the coastal erosion risks.
Regular recording of beach levels is carried out at Chesil and Weymouth.
The monitoring is carried out for the us by Channel Coast Observatory under joint working with the Southern Coastal Group and the South Western Coastal Group respectively.
The Channel Coastal Observatory is the data management centre for the Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes and is hosted by New Forest District Council, in partnership with the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.
The programme provides a consistent regional approach to coastal process monitoring, providing information of the development of strategic shoreline management plans, coastal defence strategies and operational management of coastal protection and flood defence. The programme is managed on behalf of Coastal Groups and is funded by DEFRA, in partnership with the maritime Local Authorities and the Environment Agency Southwest Region.
Coastal Groups are made up of maritime councils working regionally together on coastal matters to facilitate coastal risk management. Portland Bill represents the administrative boundary between the South West and Southern Coastal Groups, and thus we are a member of both groups.
Weymouth Flood Defence Scheme
Weymouth flood defence scheme, due to its size, complexity, cost and differing condition of the assets within, is broken down in several phases that cover both the Esplanade and Harbour areas of Weymouth. We are currently finalising a comprehensive strategy for the delivery of the scheme that will detail the future programme of construction and estimated cost of doing so. The study is due for delivery in March 2019.