(2) what costs have been incurred for emergency work on Felixstowe flood defences since 1997;
(3) what the cost of rebuilding Felixstowe's flood defence works would be;
(4) on what dates the Environment Agency confirmed to Suffolk coastal district council that funds for emergency works on Felixstowe's flood defences would be provided.
The Environment Agency estimates that £1.5 million has been spent on emergency works on the Felixstowe coastal frontage since 1997. The vast majority of this expenditure has been incurred within the last three years and predominately on the southern Felixstowe frontage.
At today's prices it is estimated that the capital reconstruction of Felixstowe's defences would cost in the order of £17 million. This includes around £10 million for work that is currently underway on Felixstowe's south beach.
The coastal strategy for Felixstowe needed to be in place before any works were undertaken. This was to ensure that the works on the frontage at Felixstowe did not have any subsequent effects on neighbouring coastal processes or strategies.
I can confirm that the Environment Agency wrote to the Director of Finance at Suffolk coastal district council on 3 April 2008. This letter confirmed that emergency funds were approved to the value of £229,000 for works to the Central Felixstowe frontage.