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Why was DOC formed?
The 'Defend Our Coast Association' ( or DOC for short) has been set up by local people living on the Romney Marsh following the previous lack of community involvement by Government Agencies during sea defence policy planning, Shoreline Management Plans and consultation with local stakeholders. DOC aims to achieve that a balanced approach is adopted by Government during the decision making process to ensure the safety of the Marsh. DOC is committed to the continued defence of our coastline, ultimately reducing the flood risk to the Marsh, the borders of which extend across East Sussex and Kent, and consequently ensuring the protection of its inhabitants and precious environment. DOC is a non-political Association aiming to highlight current sea defence issues and associated effects of climate change within our local communities and to improve coastal literacy. Read more ...
The recent storms have yet again caused massive shingle erosion around our coastline leaving the Marsh vulnerable to flooding . Thousands of cubic metres of shingle have disappeared equating to thousands of pounds worth of taxpayer’s money. If recycled shingle could be used, rather than quarried material presently sourced, it would lessen the financial burden on the public purse enormously and the foreshore would once again resemble an amenity beach rather than a building site! Kent County Council is soon to consider a planning application for the resumption of recycling shingle from the Borrow Pit at Dungeness and DOC hopes that common sense will prevail.
Posted: November 13th, 2013 under Flood Risk, Photos, Sea Defences.
DOC warmly welcomes the announcement by the Environment Agency that funding has been secured to build a new sea defence scheme at Broomhill Sands. After a great deal of pressure from local community groups and individuals over a long period of time, funding has finally been secured. Consultation with local people will begin in earnest next week. This will be the second major sea defence scheme to protect the 14,000 homes on the Romney Marsh. The first highly successful scheme was completed at Dymchurch. However, the Marsh will remain vulnerable until all the other schemes are completed at the Lydd and Hythe Ranges. DOC (Defend Our Coast) will continue to work with the Environment Agency until the whole of the Marsh is adequately protected.
Chairman of DOC
Posted: September 27th, 2013 under EA Consultations, Flood Risk, Press Articles General, Sea Defences.
For once we have good news! Funding has just been secured by the Environment Agency to complete the proposed sea defence scheme along the Broomhill Sands Frontage. Click here for detailed information and important dates!
Posted: September 25th, 2013 under EA Consultations, Environment Agency Updates, Sea Defences.
Secret documents recently released show that Government in 1982 considered sacrificing swathes of the Essex and Kent coastline to protect London in the event of a flood prior to the completion of the Thames Barrier! Civil servants proposed to the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to blow up flood defences along the coast as a contingency plan for dealing with a potential storm surge along the Thames by flooding low-lying land in Essex and Kent - effectively state-sanctioning flooding of private property and valuable agricultural land in these areas in order to protect central London. Fortunately for the people of Kent and Essex the Thames Barrier was completed in time. Let’s just hope that history doesn’t repeat itself and that we are no longer considered ‘expendable’.
Posted: August 7th, 2013 under Flood Risk, Sea Defences.
MPs who sit on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee have warned that recent funding increases in last month’s Spending Round do not meet rising flood risk. Although additional capital funding for flood defences was welcomed in the Committee’s report, it’s members nevertheless felt that spending on flood defences had not kept pace with rising flood risks caused by more frequent severe weather conditions and that ‘maintenance of flood defences together with effective dredging of watercourses must be a priority’. The report further suggests that the Chancellor must ensure that investment increases by £20 million year on year over the next 25 years in order to protect homes and businesses better.
Posted: August 7th, 2013 under Flood Risk, Sea Defences.
Ministers have announced today an initial agreement between Government and the Association of British Insurers to ensure that people who live in the most flood prone areas will be able to access affordable flood insurance. The industry’s proposal, which is called ‘Flood Re’, would protect many of those most at risk of flooding by effectively placing a limit on the flood insurance premiums. Government is now seeking powers to address the future availability of flood insurance through the Water Bill.
Posted: June 27th, 2013 under Flood Insurance.
In the light of continuing negotiations between Government and the Insurance Industry concerning future flood insurance the Association of British Insurers has extended the deadline for the current Statement of Principle by one month to ensure that those most at risk of flooding can continue to access insurance whilst important issues remain to be resolved. The Statement of Principles was due to end on 30 June 2013.
Posted: May 28th, 2013 under Flood Insurance.
The Environment Agency has updated their website which allows customers to access local flood information via a simple postcode search. These improvements should help people to recognise their own flood risk.
Posted: May 7th, 2013 under Flood Risk.
On the 26 March 2013 a debate took place in Westminster regarding the future of flood insurance and matters concerning the Statement of Principle with the ABI (Association of British Insurers which is due to expire on 30 June 2013. Click here to read through the full transcript of this debate. The clock is indeed ticking with no solution in sight as yet!
Posted: March 28th, 2013 under Flood Insurance, Flood Risk.
Latest update from the Environment Agency on progress for our sea defence schemes on the Marsh.
Posted: March 28th, 2013 under Environment Agency Updates, Sea Defences.