Ministerial support for managing coast

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Coastal Erosion at Ulrome & Skipsea'PA1109-15b

Big steps forward have been taken in the bid to establish a sustainable approach to managing coastal erosion in the East Riding.

A series of actions has been agreed following a meeting of council representatives with Rory Stewart MP, Environment Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight.

The council and Sir Greg MP outlined how Holderness has the fastest eroding coastline in western Europe and urged Mr Stewart MP to support local initiatives to manage coastal erosion.

The meeting resulted in Mr Stewart MP agreeing to officials at DEFRA working with the council to develop a localised approach to coastal change management in the East Riding.

Councillor Symon Fraser said: “The council thanks Mr Stewart for the positive meetings and I’m pleased that these actions have been agreed following the Minister’s visit to the East Yorkshire coast earlier this year and the subsequent meeting in London.

“Mr Stewart was able to see at first hand the issues facing the residents and property owners who live, literally, on the edge of the Holderness coast. We want to help support residents and businesses along the coast.”

The Environment Minister also agreed to lobby the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to request that the criteria for the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) be extended to allow applications for coastal change mitigation and adaptation proposals.

The visit had been requested by Sir Greg MP and took place in Skipsea and Ulrome.

The proposed approach includes:

-the extension of the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) to allow funding applications for coastal change mitigation/adaptation;

-flexibility in the use of Defra’s Basic Erosion Assistance Grant (BEAG) to support people whose homes are affected by coastal erosion; and

-the development of a Coastal Change Management Framework by the council.