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Why was DOC formed?

The 'Defend Our Coast Association' (or 'DOC' for short) was 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.

Over the past few years DOC has lobbied actively to secure better/improved coast defences for the Marsh and has worked closely with all relevant Government Agencies in order to achieve this goal. We are delighted with the progress made which includes the new £30 million Broomhill Sea Defence Scheme due to be completed by December 2015.

In accordance with the constitution laid out by the Defend Our Coast Association serving Officers of the Association are only able serve for a limited number of years in their role. Despite our best efforts DOC was unable to attract new Officers to the roles which came up for re-election. The Association held its Annual General Meeting on Friday, 10 October 2014 during which its members therefore voted unanimously (with one abstention) to disband the organisation.

DOC would like to thank its members and supporters for the steadfast support over the years and for the trust which they placed in our Association to act on their behalf. Our website will remain active as it continues to be valuable resource tool for educational institutions.

Opening of the new Sea Defences at Broomhill Sands!

After 12 years of hard work and community involvement we have finally got there!!! The opening of the new sea defences from Camber to Jury’s Gap along Broomhill Sands took place last Friday, 13 May 2016. The new Chair of the Environment Agency, Emma Howard Boyd, unveiled the plaque signifying the completion of the scheme and our Chairman Terry Preston gave a heart felt speech thanking all those who were instrumental in achieving the completion of this part of the sea defence which forms part of the Folkestone to Cliff End Scheme. DOC looks forward to hearing progress on the outstanding schemes along the Marsh which still need to be completed in order to protect the whole area from potential flooding. A pair of fixed binoculars has been donated to the community by the Contractors Team Van Oord who built the scheme and which is  situated on the promenade at the Broomhill Sands Car Park.  A bench in recognition of DOC’s involvement with the scheme has been placed along  the new promenade near the Outfall at Jury’s Gap with commemorative plaque attached. The Committee of DOC wishes to thank all its members and the local community once again for all the support over the last few years and we hope you can all enjoy and benefit from this new scheme.

We are nearly there!!!!

DOC is delighted to report that the Broomhill Sea Defence Scheme is nearing completion and what a transformation it has achieved!!! The newly installed rock revetment has already been put to its test during the recent winter storms and high tides with the risk of flooding to local communities now greatly reduced.

Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme Update

Here is the latest update on the scheme issued by the Environment Agency in January 2016.

Environment Agency Update on Broomhill Sea Defence Scheme

DOC has just received the latest update from the Environment Agency (issued 16 November 2015) regarding progress on the Broomhill Sea Defence Scheme as follows:-

Progress to date:

We have now had 247,000T of rock revetment delivered from 7 barges and an additional 19 coasters. The last coasters have arrived offshore, and up until very recently were being unloaded at the beach next to the Coastguard Cottages in order to build the Broomhill Extension that will protect the MoD lookout. When we have enough rock on the beach to be getting on with, the transhipment barge (Charlie Rock) will go to Happisburgh in Norfolk to deliver rock to another coastal rock scheme which is under construction. Once they have enough rock, Charlie Rock will return to continue unloading for Broomhill.

1,450m of 1,767m of the rock revetment has now been installed, 490 of the 536 pre-cast concrete units are installed, and promenade works continue to schedule.

The timber steps continue to progress well, with one of the wider sets of steps now open at the Broomhill Car Park, allowing public access to a section of the beach below.

The maintenance ramps progress well, with the eastern ramp now approaching beach level (and the difficult lower section beneath both the beach, and by definition sea level). These are particularly susceptible to delays from poor weather, so the team have their fingers crossed. We’re still confident that the scheme should be open to the public by Christmas, although there may be some isolated activities ongoing.

The shingle recharge is underway again, with shingle being installed into the remaining groyne bays, and last weekend we started work on the sculptures made from the timber recovered on site.

Over 36,100T of clay has been removed from below the beach, all of which has been reused on another construction site. We estimate there’s probably around 1000T left to be removed.

We are starting works to construct the Broomhill Extension but unfortunately, we’ve had to close public access to the beach at Coastguard Cottages to do this work safely. This activity will ramp up through November, with the extension works expected to complete by Christmas

We are getting there!

During a recent site inspection we were able to see at first hand progress of the new coastal defence scheme at Broomhill Sands. Construction is running to schedule and weather permitting the scheme should near its completion by December 2015.

A ‘Bird’s Eye View’ of the new Broomhill Sands coastal defences

Click here to see a video clip kindly supplied to us by Team Van Oord depicting the progress of the scheme! It gives you a real insight as to the actual construction of our new sea defences!

Broomhill Sands Sea Defence Update

Please click here for the latest update from the Environment Agency on the Broomhill Sands Sea Defence Scheme which is really taking shape now!

EA Update - Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme

The Environment Agency has issued its latest fortnightly update for residents covering progress of the scheme  together with accompanying map. Following a recent site visit DOC is delighted to report that construction appears to be going to plan and the contractors (Team Van Oord) continue to maintain a very high standard of safety.

Outline Design Work for Flood Defences at the Hythe Ranges commences!!!

The Environment Agency is now working on an outline design for flood defence works at Hythe Ranges and would like to talk to the local community about our draft designs. The line of the new defences will follow the existing coastal defences between Dymchurch Redoubt and Fishermens’ Beach. The attached map shows the frontage that the project will cover.

The Environment Agency would like to invite you to attend a public drop in session at their Floodline Trailer on 18 March 2015 from 11am to 6pm at Waitrose Hythe, Prospect Road, Hythe, Kent. CT21 5NH.

Drop in sessions for the other projects mentioned in the newsletter will be happening between now and the summer.

Please feel free to pass on this information to others who might be interested in the project. If they would like to be added to  the EA’s  email distribution list for future newsletters, they can do this by emailing them at this address (

Environment Agency Newsletter March 2015

Click here to read the latest update issued by the Environment Agency concerning our sea defence schemes.

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