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Coast Protection

Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the current procedure he uses for assessing claims for Exchequer grants submitted by coast protection authorities under the provisions of the Coast Protection Act 1949, part I, section 21.

The technical soundness of the proposals and their suitability as a solution to the problem is examined by my engineering staff. The value of the benefits to be derived is set against the costs so as to measure the economic worthwhileness of the proposals. Confirmation is obtained that notices have been served and the proposals advertised as required by the Coast Protection Act 1949 and that there are no objections from other Government Departments concerned, from neighbouring coast protection authorities whose coastline could be affected, from local fishery, harbour, and navigation bodies, or from environmental interests.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will indicate for each yea' from 1976 to 1986 inclusive the names of the coast protection authorities submitting applications for Exchequer grants under the Coast Protection Act 1949, the estimated cost at the time of tender of each individual application and the amount of the grant awarded for each individual application.

Information for the period since 1 April 1985 is in the tables. Information for earlier periods before my Department assumed responsibility for these grants is not readily available and could only be produced at disproportionate cost.

Schemes submitted for which grant is still under consideration 1 April 1985–31 December 1985
Authority and name of schemeEstimated Cost
Tendring D.C.—Sea wall, Holland Haven25,000
Chichester D.C—West Beach, Selsey8,000
Bournemouth B.C.—Hengistbury Head, Phase IA150,000
Scarborough B.C.—Marine Drive Emergency Works30,000
Arun D.C.—Littlehampton, Rustington and Ferring345,000
Hastings B.C.—Reconstruction of sea wall5,415,000
Holderness B.C.—Withernsea—Scheme 10318,000
January 1986–31 December 1986
South Wight-Sea Wall at Bouldnor243,518
Chichester—West Wittering25,000
Wansbeck D.C.—Newbiggin-by-the-Sea1,165,000
Torbay B.C.—Oddicombe/Babbacombe30,000
Thanet D.C.—Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate600
Waveney D.C.—Corton Revetment192,190

Authority and name of scheme

Estimated Cost

Portsmouth C.C.—E. Flank Slopes to Southsea Castle680,000
Great Yarmouth B.C.—Caister Sea Wall630,438
North Norfolk DC—Emergency works, Weybourne22,594
Thanet D.C.—Rendezvous, Margate192,000
Thanet D.C.—Winter Gardens Ramp112,000
Tcndring D.C.—Holland-on-Sea62,575
Scarborough B.C.—Whitby West Cliff2,581,380

Schemes submitted for which grant has been awarded

Authority and Name of Scheme

Cost eligible for grant

Grant awarded



1 April 1985 to 31 December 1985

East Devon district council—Axmouth Harbour126,79338,030
North Norfolk district council—Happisburgh13,4529,570
Arun district council—Sea wall repairs, Bognor32,51010,080
Scarborough borough council—Royal Albert Drive7,7773,420
North Norfolk district council—Mundesley Groynes111,85088,360
Chichester district council—E. Beach, Selsey153,500121,265
Eastbourne borough council—Groyne Replacement227,30597,740
Wirral metropolitan borough—Hoylake Bathing Pool61,55041,240
Wyre borough council—Apron Resurfacing Phase I208,50091,740
Sunderland borough council—Hendon Sea Wall194,322114,650
Thanet district council—Westbrook, Margate206,900146,900
Bournemouth borough council—Hengistbury Head Stage I667,000420,210
Blackpool borough council—South Shore Slades866,014583,135
Hartlepool borough council—Town Wall, Sandwellgate108,20763,840
Wirral metropolitan borough—West Kirby Marine Lake323,559216,785
Worthing borough council—Groynes—Goring and Worthing170,43973,290
Brighton borough council—Palace Pier102,56040,000
Holderness borough council—Hornsea Sea Defences216,000170,640
East Devon district council—Orcombe Point Groynes41,5229,965
Blackpool borough council—Norbreck Shoreline4,498,2263,553,600
Canterbury county council—Preston Parade, Whitstable768,783607,340
Shepway district council—Sandgate, Folkestone20,81212,280
Sunderland borough council—Hendon Bank843,905632,930
New Forest district council—Milford-on-Sea270,01980,605
Suffolk Coastal district council—The Dip, Felixstowe21,1955,085

1 January 1986 to 31 December 1986

Kerrier district council—Porthleven, Phases 2 to 7228,183100,400
New Forest district council—Barton-on-Sea14,4114,465
Christchurch borough council—Highcliffe Stage II489,968387,075
North Norfolk district council—Happisburgh 85420,71916,370
Chichester district council—Groynes, E. Beach, Selsey145,00073,950
Tendring district council—Harrold Road, Clacton12,1008,395
Bournemouth borough council—Southbourne Stage 13634,000462,820
Suffolk Coastal district council—The Dip, Felixstowe666,000359,640
North Cornwall district council—North Crooklets76,33223,660