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Funding Outlook for Coastal Defences rather bleak!

It seems that the funding outlook for coastal defences is deteriorating and will come under increased pressure during the  forthcoming financial year (2013/2014) for the Southern Region which covers the area from Hampshire to Kent. Discussions have commenced at the Southern Regional Flood & Coastal Committee (SRFCC) on how much government funding to bid for [...]

DOC AGM - 16 March 2012

DOC  held its 5th AGM last night at the Guild Hall in Lydd which was very well attended by our Members, Local, District and County Councillors from across the Marsh. Ian Nunn from the Environment Agency provided a very informative presentation covering sea defence matters and drought issues and we were delighted to welcome Damian [...]


With high spring tides  yet again forecast for the end of the month and early into October we are rapidly running out of time to protect the Marsh from potential flooding. The Summer has not been kind and high winds in July battered our fast eroding foreshores which already suffer from a very low standard [...]

EA Chairman carries out site visits at Dengemarsh and Broomhill Sands

Following the successful completion of the Dymchurch Sea Wall scheme the race is now on to ensure that funding can be allocated to complete the remaining, but as yet still outstanding, coastal defence schemes on the Marsh.
At the request of DOC the Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, who is Chairman of the Environment Agency, [...]

Dymchurch Sea Wall

On Saturday, 9 July 2011, the new Dymchurch Sea Wall was officially opened by the Rt. Hon. Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman of the Environment Agency. The scheme was implemented by the Environment Agency  as part of the wider Folkestone to Cliff End Sea Defence Strategy.
The event was a great success and Damian Collins MP,  [...]

Cuts in flood defence spending could affect homes!

Homes could become uninsurable due to recent Government cuts in flood defence spending. Insurance companies have urged Government not to cut resources , stating  instead that spending for flood defences should  be significantly increased. If adequate investment in defences is not maintained , insurers will become increasingly fussy about who they insure and premiums will [...]

How much longer will our sea defences hold out?

With high winds and tides returning during the coming winter months we have to ask ourselves how long our sea defences will hold out. So far we have been ‘lucky’…. remember November 2007?…..flood alerts were in place across the UK but the expected storm-driven tidal surges fortunately never materialised. At that time the Environment Agency [...]

Flying the flag for DOC!

DOC was presented with an excellent opportunity to fly its flag during a recent visit by Richard Branson to Dungeness when he attempted to kite-surf across the Channel.  Crowds of people watched the event which unfortunately had to be finally abandoned  due to adverse weather conditions but the mood  remained upbeat and cheerful.

Fact-Finding Mission on the Lydd Ranges

DOC was afforded a rare opportunity to receive a guided tour of the Lydd Ranges and its extensive facilities. It enabled us to experience at first hand the very important role played by the MOD within our local area and re-emphasised the need to ensure that improvements to our sea defences are of the utmost [...]

Strong Winds + High Tides = Massive Shingle Loss!!!

The potential flood threat to the Marsh is not only a Winter occurrence! During the last 24 hours massive amounts of shingle have been eroded at the Lydd Ranges and Jury’s Gap Lookout due to high winds coupled with high tides. This has yet again left a ‘cliff face’ at the edge of the erosion [...]

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