Local residents, businesses and visitors are being invited to have their say on a future strategy for managing Cumbria’s coastline, from Arnside to the Scottish border.
The strategy will set out the risks relating to coastal flooding and erosion along the Cumbrian coastline over the next century and recommend long term sustainable solutions.
Cumbria County Council is working with the Cumbria Coast Protection Authorities (District Councils) and the Environment Agency, to develop a strategy for the future management of the coast. The project is being funded by the Environment Agency.
Specific stretches of coastline were identified as requiring more attention and a public engagement on possible options was held in November and December 2018.
Comments and feedback have been taken into account and, after considering technical, economic and environmental factors, CCC are proposing a preferred strategic approach and future activities for each coastal frontage.
To ensure CCC fully understand and include the impacts on people, the local economy and environment, they are inviting people to have their say on how the coastline should be managed. The county council is launching a further round of public engagement on Friday 15 November and this will run until 13 December 2019.
Following this public engagement, the Cumbria Coastal Strategy will be finalised taking account of public feedback and any information provided. The final Strategy report is likely to be submitted for approval by the Environment Agency in Spring 2020.
Cumbria County Council would encourage people to get involved, look at what’s being proposed for our coastline and have their say to make sure the council fully understand and include the impacts this has on people, the local economy and the environment.
More information on the Cumbria Coastal Strategy, and the proposed approaches and future activities recommended, together with a questionnaire, are available on the project website at www.cumbria.gov.uk/ccs/ .