Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point Strategy Enhancing the Lincolnshire Coast

Closes 31 Dec 2021

Opened 11 Mar 2021


By restoring beach levels lost over the year, the Environment Agency protects its hard sea defences from the impact of waves and tides. The coastline between Mablethorpe and Skegness has benefited from beach nourishment, the present flood risk management approach, since 1994.

Just over 45,000 people live within the Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point Strategy area and each year a further 2.7 million people visit the area generating almost £500 million annually for the Lincolnshire coastal economy. Our flood risk management work in this area is absolutely vital for the continued success of Lincolnshire’s coastal communities, its bustling tourism industry and its strong agricultural sector.

As climate change predictions increasingly become reality, it is crucial that we take into account and plan for the effects of severe weather and sea level rise throughout our work. We regularly review our flood risk management strategies and plans to ensure we continue to provide a sustainable and affordable future for all.

The Lincolnshire coastal flood plain has had a long history of flooding from the sea and many forms of defence are now in place including sand dunes, seawalls, rock/timber structures and beaches.

Over the last 24 years, we have nourished the beaches in Lincolnshire between Mablethorpe and Skegness with sand to provide a wide defence which reduces the impact of wave action and tides, in combination with the existing hard and soft flood defences. This work has proved very successful in managing tidal flood risk for Lincolnshire. However, our estimates suggest it will not be sustainable to continue with this method of flood risk management in the future due to the increased levels and frequency of sand that would be associated with the effect of climate change.

Our strategy for the next 100 years has been reviewed in line with government requirements and has been assessed against environmental, economic and sustainability factors.

We have also listened to feedback received through our extensive consultation efforts. This has provided a wealth of local views to help determine the strategic approach to future management. We will continue our conversations with partners, statutory stakeholders and local communities as the works arising from the strategy are developed in detail.

We have reviewed and considered the latest information, knowledge, understanding, and people’s aspirations to manage this shoreline and determined a new vision for the future of flood risk management on the Lincolnshire coast which will be more sustainable

We are very pleased to now present this strategy which is adaptable to a changing climate and which will enable us to continue to provide and maintain coastal sea defences with healthy beaches for the enjoyment, wellbeing and prosperity of people visiting, working and living in Lincolnshire.

The strategy sets out a plan to change the management regime where we may introduce structures onto beaches, in combination with continued beach nourishment, to form a sustainable flood risk management approach for the next 100 years.

Moving to the new approach will be a gradual process over many years whilst further information to help with the design process is assembled. During this transition period, the existing practice of beach nourishment will continue alongside maintenance of the sea walls and drainage outfalls.

Beach Management 2021 - 2024

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we are continuing to deliver our Flood and Coastal Risk Management projects where it is safe for our teams and delivery partners to do so. We are following the latest guidance from Public Health England regarding safe working on construction sites.

Beach management for 2021-2024 will continue to provide great benefit for people, property, land, and the environment by managing the risk of flooding from the sea. This work will include routine maintenance and investigations.

This is the first phase of works under the new long-term strategy for the Lincolnshire coastline from Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point. Through this strategy, we aim to create a better place for you, for future generations and the environment.

If you have any questions about these works, don’t hesitate to contact our Engagement Officer Monica Stonham email – or telephone – 07534 457348. 

Please click here on the links below to view the following documents:

Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point - Beach Management - Frequently Asked Questions March 2021

Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point Strategy Non-technical Summary 

Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point Strategy

Consultation Response

Environmental Report 

Why We Are Consulting

We have consulted to get feedback from all of those individuals, groups and organisations, who are affected by, or interested in, our strategy. We welcomed your views. 

What next?

We have taken into consideration each consultation response and used this feedback to inform our formal strategy. We expect to publish the final strategy in 2020 following the relevant approvals.


  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • NGOs
  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Local councils
  • Academics
  • Environment Agency customers
  • Community groups
  • Non-governmental organisations with an interest in environmental issues
  • Environment Agency colleagues
  • Regional Flood and Coastal Committees


  • Coastal management