The Southwold to Walberswick Flood and Coast Board takes a strategic overview of coastal protection and flood prevention projects from Easton Broad in the north, to Westwood Marshes in the south and the A12 in the west, and review plans and provide guidance/recommendation and support for protection where possible and resilience where unaffordable or unsustainable.
The Board will seek to:
• Integrate coastal protection plans in different areas and from different agencies on the Southwold to Walberswick coast.
• Interrogate monitoring and data provided by responsible agencies for erosion and flooding events.
• Receive updates around predictions from the responsible agencies for future events and possible options for resilience.
• Evaluate the risk and cost of such a future event to the community.
• Investigate funding for these plans.
• Work with responsible agencies and the community to devise resilience measures if the funding is not available.
• Review plans from the responsible agencies to create a forward looking response to sea level rise and climate change locally in the ranges of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 years.
Minutes of meetings:
28th May 2021 - click here
22nd February 2021 - click here
The Suffolk Coast Forum takes a partnership approach to flood and coastal erosion risk management on the coast and estuaries and closely related issues in the context of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management approach.
November 2022 meeting minutes click here and partner updates click here
June 2022 meeting minutes click here and partner updates click here
February 2022 meeting minutes click here and partner updates click here
October 2021 meeting minutes click here and partner updates click here
July 2021 meeting minutes click here and partner updates click here
March 2021 meeting minutes click here and partner updates click here
November 2020 meeting minutes click here and partner updates click here
July 2020 meeting minutes click here and partner updates click here
Further meeting papers are available upon request, please email Alysha Stockman
• Alde & Ore Community Partnership - click here
• Anglian Eastern Regional Flood & Coastal Committee - click here
• Babergh District Council - click here
• Bawdsey Coastal Partnership
• Blyth Estuary Partnership - click here
• Coastal Partnership East
• Deben Estuary Partnership - click here
• Eastern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority - click here
• East Suffolk Council - click here
• East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board - click here
• Environment Agency - click here
• Ipswich Borough Council - click here
• Marine Management Organisation - click here
• Natural England - click here
• Stour & Orwell Estuaries Management Group - click here
• Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB - click here
• Suffolk Coast Advocating Resilience
• Suffolk County Council - click here
Associate members include RSPB, River Deben Association, National Farmers Union, Suffolk Saltmarsh Group, Anglian Water, Country Land & Business Association, Crown Estate and National Trust. These groups receive mailings, observe meetings and are invited to bring issues to the group.
Terms of Reference - click here
Chairman: Cllr David Beavan
Secretariat: Alysha Stockman
Environment Agency's Flood Action Campaign:
In England there are over 5 million homes and businesses at risk of flooding[i]. The average cost of flooding to a home is around £30,000. Flooding also brings a significant risk to life.
The mental health impacts of flooding can last for two years or more after flooding has happened, and depression, anxiety and PTSD can affect up to a third of people who have been flooded.
But, crucially, taking steps to prepare for flooding, and knowing what to do in a flood can significantly reduce the damages to a home and possessions (by around 40%[ii]), reduce risk to life, and reduce the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts in the future.
The Environment Agency's campaign is focused on helping people know what action to take in a flood, based on their 'Prepare. Act. Survive.' flood guide.
[i] Environment Agency National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy, July 2020
[ii] Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management: Quantifying the Benefits, February 2021
The Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group (LGA Coastal SIG) seeks to champion and represent the collective interests of coastal, estuarine and maritime communities by increasing awareness and debate on environmental, economic and social issues at all levels in relation to the coast. It works in partnership with other organisations with complementary aims and in particular with Government to secure local government’s full involvement at all levels of policy formulation concerning the coast.