Working With Partners

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:
September 2023
June 2023
March 2023
November 2022
July 2022
January 2022
September 2021
May 2021
February 2021

Suffolk Coast Forum logo

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.

Previous papers:
November 2023 meeting minutes and partner updates
June 2023 meeting minutes and partner updates
February 2023 meeting minutes and partner updates
November 2022 meeting minutes and partner updates
June 2022 meeting minutes and partner updates
February 2022 meeting minutes and partner updates
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
• 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
• National Farmers Union - click here
• Natural England - click here
• RSPB - click here
• Stour & Orwell Estuaries Management Group - click here
• Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape - click here
• Suffolk Coast Advocating Resilience
• Suffolk County Council - click here
Associate members include River Deben Association, 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

The Norfolk Coast Forum provides a means of communication amongst those who have an interest in the management of the coastal area of Norfolk. Through the exchange of ideas and knowledge, the Forum aims to ensure the widespread distribution of coastal knowledge and to provide assistance in guiding the development and implementation of an integrated approach to coastal management.

Previous papers:

November 2023 agenda pack and presentations
July 2023 agenda pack and presentations
March 2023 agenda pack 
Further meeting papers are available upon request, please email Alysha Stockman

Broads Authority
Coastal Partnership East
Country Land and Business Association
Environment Agency
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
Marine Management Organisation
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
National Farmers Union
National Trust
Natural England
Norfolk Coast Partnership
Norfolk County Council
Norfolk Strategic Flood Alliance
Norfolk Wildlife Trust
North Norfolk Association of Fishermen
North Norfolk Business Forum
North Norfolk District Council
North Norfolk Fishing Society
Sheringham Fisherman's Association
Wash and North Norfolk Coast European Marine Site
Water Management Alliance
Wells and District Inshore Fishermen's Association


Chairman: Cllr Harry Blathwayt
Secretariat: Alysha Stockman

The East Anglia Coastal Group (EACG) brings together Coastal Protection Authorities and governmental bodies to work towards a joined-up sustainable approach to coastal management. The group covers the coast from Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire to the Thames barrier. The group meets quarterly, with the meeting location varying and including site visits whenever possible.

The primary objective of the group is to influence and support members to manage the coast for the benefit of the Anglian Region.

Find out more here.

The LGA Coastal SIG has a membership of 57 local authorities from around the coast of England, covering over 60% of the coast and serving 16 million people.

Coastal Partnership East works closely with the LGA Coastal SIG on a number of issues and projects, in particular the Pledge for the Coast campaign in which we're asking for local authorities, businesses, communities and people to pledge to make a difference for our coastal communities.

Find out more about the LGA Coastal SIG and the Pledge for the Coast campaign here.

The Anglian (Eastern) Regional Flood & Coastal Committee is a valuable partner on the Norfolk & Suffolk coast. We work closely on a number of fronts, particularly with engaging both communities but also partners and government.

You can find out more about the RFCC, to view upcoming meetings and see committee members by visiting their website here.

The Norfolk Strategic Flood Alliance (NSFA) was founded in February 2021 after significant surface water flooding issues in December 2020 lead to over 350 properties being flooded in Norfolk and 120 settlements being affected.

The NSFA brings together all agencies and partners involved in planning for and responding to flooding in Norfolk.

Find out more by visiting their website here.

The AOET aim to provide, preserve, maintain and improve river defences and flood protection, taking into account the conservation and protection of the natural environment, flora, fauna, features of historic interest and the landscape and beauty of the Alde and Ore. 
Find out more by visiting their website here.
Find out more about the whole estuary approach here.
Read the February 2024 Upper Alde & Ore Estuary Embankment Improvements newsletter here.

East Suffolk Council
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Norfolk Norfolk District Council

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