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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.

Broomhill Sands Sea Defence Update February 2015 by the Environment Agency

Progress of works to date

The piling equipment has arrived on site and we started installing the timber piles for the access steps on 26 January as planned. This work is going well.

Emergency works to protect the Jury’s Gap lookout tower have been completed. This involved both replenishing the shingle and adding rock armour.

We have begun installing the pre-cast concrete wave wall units and 78 linear meters units have been placed to date.

We have also started installing timber groynes 8 and 7 (towards the west of the works).

Forecast for next month

Over the next month we plan to:

  • complete the piling works for the steps and placement of the rock revetment towards the lookout at Jury’s Gap.
  • start the next stage of construction of timber steps, including platforms, treads and handrails.
  • continue installing the pre-cast wave wall units.
  • continue installing groynes 8 and 7 (within current site boundary)

Key dates from the latest programme:

  • Broomhill Beach up to chainage 250m will be re-opened by 9 March 2015
  • Works at Groyne 1, chainage 2400m. Setting up fencing will commence on 23 February 2015

Please note, as discussed, these dates are planned but not guaranteed! They are part of our current plan but may have to change. The team will keep you up to date if this happens.

Please let us have any feedback on these updates - we’d like to keep them to the point but if there’s further information you need please feel free to ask.

Thanks,

The Broomill Sands Team

November 2014 Newsletter/Environment Agency

Please find as pdf the latest Newsletter issued by the Environment Agency in November 2014.

DOC - EXIT STATEMENT

DOC EXIT STATEMENT

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 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. Local stakeholder groups are also in the progress of
being set up by the Environment Agency for the design stage of the
remaining, but as yet outstanding, coastal defence schemes across the
Marsh, giving local communities and stakeholders a voice and
opportunity to have an input before the final construction stage.

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 has
been unable to attract new Officers to the roles coming up for reelection.

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.
Although much of the Marsh remains vulnerable to the risk of flooding,
the Environment Agency have now put in place detailed schemes
which, if implemented, will undoubtedly protect this very special part
of England from the ravages of the sea.

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.

Terry Preston
DOC Chairman

13 October 2014

Our website will continue to be maintained in order to assist dissemination of vital flood/sea defence information to the general public and to ensure that information displayed on our website remains available as a study aid for students and educational authorities as a whole.

Visitor Centre at Broomhill now open!

The new Visitor Centre at Broomhill Car Park is now open where you can see lots of interesting information about the new Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme. It is open every Tuesday between 3pm and 5 pm and Fridays between 12 until 2 pm. A member of the Environment Agency team will be at hand to answer any questions you may have. A further drop in session will also be held at the Visitor Centre on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 between 10 am - 4 pm when members of the project team will be available to tell you all about the scheme and answer any queries you might have. For further information please see the latest update from the Environment Agency.

Environment Agency Update/September 2014

We have been provided with an update from the Environment Agency covering progress on the Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme. Please click here to open in pdf format.

Work has started on new sea defence scheme at Broomhill!

Construction Start of Broomhill Scheme at Jury's Gap

Construction Start of Broomhill Scheme at Jury's Gap

DOC is extremely delighted to report that actual work has now commenced on the new sea defence of the Broomhill Scheme. The contractors have set up  and secured sites both at the EA Compound at Jury’s Gap and at Broomhill Sands Car Park and the first deliveries of rock have arrived and started to be placed at the Jury’s Gap end from which the scheme will continue towards Broomhill Sands Car Park. These works, when completed, will safeguard all local residents against coastal flood inundation and also aid to protect the wider area of the  Marsh.  There will obviously be some temporary inconvenience for local residents whilst the scheme progresses  but overall this will be a small price to pay for the ultimate flood protection  achieved once the scheme has been completed.

Broomhill Sea Defence Scheme under starter’s order!!

It has taken years of negotiations, meetings and hard work by all involved but we finally have got there. The new Broomhill Sea Defence Scheme is under way! Please see the Environment Agency’s latest update for  more details on the construction programme together with general update  for the remaining, but as yet outstanding,  FoCES Schemes . We have come one step closer to protecting the whole of the Marsh from coastal flooding!

Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Update

DOC has just received the latest update  from the Environment Agency regarding progress on this section of the coastal defence schemes still outstanding for the Marsh. We would draw your attention to the scheduled public drop-in session on 12 July at the Camber Memorial Hall in Camber (10:00-15:00h) where you can view details of the scheme including proposed sculptural artwork for the frontage.

Going back in time?

There is no doubt that the state of our sea defences at present is going back in time - or rather getting worse than the sea defence was in the 1960s. Massive recent shingle erosion, which no doubt has also been further exacerbated by the poor state of repair of the existing groynes, has yet again exposed sections of the previous old sea wall built in the 1960s which normally lie buried deep below protective shingle bunds!

Never before has erosion been so visible on the Broomhill Frontage! This, coupled with an extremely high strand line, demonstrates more than ever why this low lying area of Camber and surrounding areas on the Romney Marsh remain so vulnerable to flooding until the construction of the new Broomhill Flood Sea Defence Scheme which is due to start early June 2014.

If nothing is done now we soon would be back to sea defences as they were in the 1920’s!!!!

From bad to worse!!!

Collapsed EA  concrete cube warning sign on upper beach 16.2.2014

Collapsed EA concrete cube warning sign on upper beach 16.2.2014

Flood defences had already been extremely vulnerable on the Marsh but the last storms have made things even worse!!!!  The coastline is eroding at alarming speed coupled with the recent collapse of the outfall at Jury’s Gut and the failure of St Mary’s Bay outfall resulting in even more shingle loss along the coast and  large areas of the Marsh flooded with a number of houses facing the threat of imminent flooding. Urgently improving sea defences and regular maintenance of pumps and drainage systems must be investigated as well as establishing a fit for purpose  maintenance programme for the future to avoid a repetition of recent events. Let us hope that Government’s promise that ‘money is no object’ in the light of recent flooding events extends to all areas on the Marsh which need help more than ever now!

The Defend Our Coast website will be back soon.