Elmer Coastal Defence Scheme now complete

A coastal defence scheme in the West Sussex village of Elmer is complete, helping to protect 325 properties from flooding and erosion.

The Elmer Coastal Defence Scheme was carried out by Mackley, working as part of Team Van Oord, on behalf of the Environment Agency, Arun District Council and Elmer Sands Limited.

The scheme cost £5 million to complete. During construction 20,000 tonnes of rock were used to improve the existing rock revetment and 12,500 cubic metres of shingle were recharged across the defences. A new boat ramp for Elmer Boat Club was also constructed.

To mark the completion of the scheme, the Environment Agency hosted a virtual opening ceremony on Monday 22 June using Microsoft Teams.

Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency, said: “While the coronavirus has changed so much this year, flooding and coastal erosion have not gone away.

“Throughout the recent lockdown, the Environment Agency continued working on flood schemes while following government guidance and safe working measures.

“This new £5 million flood scheme will better protect 325 properties in Elmer and is an example of how we work with partners to make communities more resilient to the escalating impacts of the climate emergency.

John O’Flynn, Environment Agency operations manager, said: “We realise the inconvenience that this work may have caused our local neighbours, especially during this lock-down period. We would like to thank them for their co-operation and the understanding throughout the work.

“In carrying out this critical construction during the coronavirus outbreak, our contractors followed guidance from Public Health England to work safely on construction sites. The safety of our staff, partners and the communities we work in is always our priority.”

06 July 2020

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