Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point Strategy

Opens 31 Dec 2017

Closes 28 Feb 2018

Overview

We are reviewing how we will manage coastal flood risk on the Lincolnshire coast between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point over the next 100 years.

The flood defences currently in place on this stretch of the Lincolnshire coast help us reduce flood risk to over 30,000 homes and businesses, 19,000 static caravans and 24,000 ha of agricultural land as well as a significant number of businesses and critical infrastructure.

Map of the Lincolnshire coast between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point

Since 1994 we have managed flood risk through maintenance of the existing sea walls, as well as a beach nourishment programme called Lincshore. The Lincshore project significantly increases beach levels with sand dredged from the sea bed from licensed sites. This work reduces coastal erosion and flood risk by protecting the clay layer beach and sea defence foundation, reducing wave attack and overtopping to provide a sustainable defence.

We review the Lincshore programme every five years to ensure it remains a cost-effective and sustainable way of managing coastal flood risk in the area. All previous reviews have concluded that beach nourishment in combination with sea walls is a viable coastal flood risk management solution. However, the costs of the programme are increasing as more sand is required to keep pace with rising sea levels.

Stretch of coastline in Lincolnshire

Because of this, we are now testing beach nourishment alongside a range of viable alternative approaches to ensure that we can continue to provide a sustainable and affordable long-term flood risk management solution for communities along Lincolnshire’s coast line.

We are therefore working in partnership to conduct a full strategy review of coastal flood risk management for the coastline between Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point over the next hundred years.  Over the last year we have engaged with key stakeholders, who have helped us reduce a long list of options to a shortlist of six. We will bring these six options forward to a formal public consultation early next year. As part of the consultation, a number of drop-in events will be organised along the coast, which will offer an opportunity to learn more and to have your say.

Please visit this page again soon to find details of dates, times and venues for the drop-in events. If you would like to get in touch with us about the Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point Review, please contact lincscoastline@environment-agency.gov.uk.

This consultation will open on 31 Dec 2017. Please come back on or after this date to give us your views.

Audiences

  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • Statutory organisations
  • NGOs
  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Local councils

Interests

  • Flood managememt
  • Coastal management