Construction to begin on £150m coastal risk management works in Wales

WCN Editorial Team 14 Mar 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Construction is set to commence on coastal risk management works as part of a £150m investment over three years across Wales, UK.

Under the Coastal Risk Management Programme, funding is allocated for schemes to reduce risk to more than 18,000 properties through projects to repair, replace and create new coastal defence systems.

Coastal schemes that will be taken up in 2019 include strengthening existing defences at East Rhyl; sea wall strengthening and maintenance at Aberavon; and construction of setback defences at Y Felinheli.

In addition, more than £50m will be invested in flood and coastal erosion risk management activities across Wales over the next 12 months.

This includes £27m for new schemes, maintenance of existing assets and development of future schemes; and a revenue programme of nearly £25m.

The funding will facilitate the completion of schemes at Beaumaris, Llanfair Talhaiarn and Talgarth, as well as commence construction at Llansannan, Llanmaes, Newport and Welshpool.

More than 1,200 properties, including 850 homes, across Wales will benefit after the completion of schemes within the 2019 programme.

Storm Callum in last autumn flooded more than 270 properties across Wales, and damaged homes, schools, roads and shops.

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths confirmed funding of over £2.8m for local authorities and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to develop schemes to improve protection and resilience around Wales.

An additional £1m will be allocated for the Small Scale Works Grant, which allows local authorities to take up minor schemes and maintenance works to benefit communities.

A statutory Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee for Wales has been established to provide high level advice and identify best practice on flood and coastal risk management.

A consultation will be launched on a new National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management later in 2019.

Griffiths said: “Flooding can have a devastating and lasting impact on the lives of those affected, and this is why it remains a high priority for us and why we are determined to support people who are most at risk as much as we can.

“This significant investment, as well as our new National Strategy and Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee for Wales, will put us in a strong position going forward and ensure we can face the challenges of climate change head on.”

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Image: Storm damage to the rails 100 metres north of Llanaber railway station, near Barmouth, Wales, in 2014. Photo: Courtesy of Oosoom / Wikimedia Commons.

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