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Defend our Coast Association (DOC) was set up by a group of people
who were very concerned about the inadequacy of the sea defences of
the Marsh.
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 [...]

Dungeness Borrow Pit Application - Shingle Extraction

In the light of the recent decision by Kent County Council to approve the planning application for extraction of shingle from the Borrow Pit at Dungeness DOC has released the following statement

Statement from our Chairman

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 [...]

Government challenged on Flood Risk Insurance Decision

In March 2012 Government promised to find a solution to flood risk insurance, given that the current agreement with Insurance industry (Statement of Principles) runs out in June 2013, but despite endless assertions that a solution is ‘just around the corner’ nothing substantive has happened yet. DOC is a member of the National Flood Forum [...]

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 [...]

200,000 homes face insurance problems!

As DOC has pointed out so many times in the past,  properties in flood risk areas will face insurance problems when the Government Agreement  with the Association of British Insurers ends next year.  Today this fact has become national news! According to data  analysed by the ABI (Association of British Insurers) Hythe is one of [...]

Our Open Meeting on 26 November 2011

DOC held its Annual Open Meeting last week which was very well attended by DOC Members , local Stakeholders and local residents of the Marsh in general. A very informative PowerPoint Presentation was given by staff from the Environment Agency followed by a Q & A session. The DOC Committee wishes to thank everyone for [...]

Planning Application - Dungeness Borrow Pit Shingle Recycling

With a recent planning application jointly submitted to KCC by the Environment Agency and EDF  for shingle recycling from the Dungeness Borrow Pit to protect essential flood defences on the Marsh, DOC felt that a more detailed statement from the Environment Agency might help to alleviate concerns and clarify any potential impact  on local communities. [...]

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,  [...]

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