Sir James Bevan, the Environment Agency’s chief executive, visited the Lincolnshire coast last week to see the work being done to reduce flood risk along the east coast and across the county.
East coast inundation is one of the top risks facing the county, and Sir James took the opportunity to learn more about the Agency’s flood management strategy and defenses while he visited Ingoldmells, near Skegness.
Flood resilience staff were on hand to answer his questions and elaborate on one of the county’s important coastal defenses – a beach renourishment scheme known as Lincshore, which replaces sand lost to the sea through erosion and helps reduce risk to thousands of homes and businesses.
“Over the next six years, Government is investing £144m to reduce flood risk to more than 42,000 households around the coastline, tidal estuaries and rivers in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, and we’re working closely with local authorities and other partner agencies to ensure that, as well as protecting homes and businesses, we’re achieving benefits for the environment, infrastructure, agriculture and the economy,” Sir James said.
During his visit, Sir James also met with the MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Warman, Chair of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) Eddy Poll, Cllr Colin Davie from Lincolnshire County Council and Peter Bateson from the Witham Fourth Internal Drainage Board.