Coastal Erosion Monitoring – Drop-in sessions February 2013
|January 28, 2013||Filled under Aldbrough, Business, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Withernsea|
EAST RIDING COUNCIL carries out an ongoing, comprehensive coastal monitoring programme which consists of bi-annual surveys (spring and autumn) conducted using GPS monitoring, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, and aerial photography to give a precise picture of how the coast has changed since the previous survey.
The latest of these surveys was carried out in September 2012. The results have now been analysed and reveal that the wetter than normal summer has not led to an appreciable increase in overall cliff erosion rates. However, as normal there were a few ‘hot spots’ where higher than average cliff erosion did occur.
Areas which were particularly hit by erosion during this monitoring period include sections through Aldbrough, Skipsea, Rolston and Cowden, plus to the north and south of Withernsea. Between these sites relatively little, if any, cliff erosion occurred through long stretches of open coastline.
In order to disseminate the monitoring information, and as part of its commitment to engage with coastal communities, the Council has organised some coastal change drop-in sessions. The details of the informal public events are below:
- Monday 25th February, Skipsea, Skipsea Village Hall 3 – 7pm
- Tuesday 26th February, Aldbrough, Aldbrough Village Hall 3 – 7pm
- Wednesday 27th February Withernsea, Pavilion Leisure Centre 4 – 7.30pm
The sessions will enable residents to access the latest coastal erosion maps which are based on the results of the September 2012 survey. Visitors will also have the opportunity to speak to Council officers who deliver services at the coast, including those who monitor coastal erosion.
Updates will be made available on the work which has been completed since the end of the East Riding Coastal Change Pathfinder (ERCCP) project in March 2012, and officers will be on hand to confirm how the limited, remaining ERCCP funds can be accessed by coastal communities for adaptation and relocation. Visitors will also have access to details about, and expressions of interest for, the East Riding Coastal Partnership, which is due to launch in mid-2013 as a forum for discussing local coastal change issues.
Councillor Evison, portfolio holder for economic development, tourism and rural issues, said: “The Council continues to work positively with local MPs to lobby DEFRA Ministers for a dedicated, ongoing fund to help our residents to deal with the effects of coastal erosion. That type of fund would allow us to build on the good work that we’ve been able to deliver in coastal communities through the Coastal Change Pathfinder.”
In addition to the public sessions, the Council will be writing to coastal businesses in the Withernsea area to invite them to a drop-in session exclusively for those in the commercial sector, including tourism operators and estate agents.