DETAILS of a £25million scheme to protect Shoreham and Lancing from flooding have been explained to residents.
Environment Agency staff were at Shoreham Farmers’ Market on Saturday to publicise the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls flood defence scheme.
Shoreham and Lancing are at increasing risk of tidal flooding from the River Adur but the existing defences are old and, in some places, in poor condition.
The agency has been working in partnership with West Sussex County Council and Adur District Council for some years to meet the challenges of future flood risk and climate change.
The project will reduce flood risk to more than 2,300 homes and 169 commercial properties by significantly improving the standard of existing tidal defences.
Funding has been approved by the Coast to Capital local enterprise partnership, which means work on replacing the flood defences can begin in early 2016.
Environment Agency spokesman Joe Giacomelli said: “The scheme will reduce flood risk, benefiting homes and businesses on Shoreham Beach, Shoreham High Street, Shoreham Airport and the eastern parts of Lancing.
“We are currently further developing the design for the defences with our consultants Mott MacDonald.
“We want everyone to have their say, so it is crucial that we receive continued feedback from the local community and interested groups as the project progresses.”
Arrangements are being finalised for further exhibitions across Adur until February, including on Shoreham Beach in late November.
Mr Giacomelli added: “This is an ideal opportunity for all communities close to the River Adur to review the potential impact of high tides on them.”
The Environment Agency will be applying for planning permission for the whole scheme in July 2015 and any feedback will be incorporated into the application where possible.
During the design process an Environmental Impact Assessment will be carried out to assess the effect on the environment and population and what can be done to minimise problems.
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