Coast Protection and Flood Defence

The Council has a coastline of 60km and maintains the sea defence structures along 18.5km of this frontage. These defences protect the towns of Harwich, Dovercourt, Walton on the Naze, Frinton on Sea, Holland on Sea, Clacton and Brightlingsea.

Works undertaken range from day to day maintenance of promenades and seawalls to the design and implementation of major capital schemes costing many millions of pounds. Each year several sections of the sea defences are renewed as part of a rolling programme of special maintenance schemes funded from the Council’s Revenue Budgets.

Larger schemes are produced to comply with Defra guidelines and their High Level Targets for coast protection.

All works are designed in house using modern surveying techniques and the latest computer aided design technology.

Other work carried out includes the maintenance of the cliff paths and slopes.

Current and completed coast protection works around the district

You can find out more about our current project on our Clacton-on-Sea & Holland-on-Sea Defence Project page.

You can also view information on our completed works on our Archive page.

The Essex and South Suffolk Shoreline Management Plan (SMP)

The Essex and South Suffolk Shoreline Management Plan covers approximately 440km of coast from Landguard Point in Felixstowe to Two Tree Island in the Thames Estuary, including Southend.  It will determine the best ways to look after this part of the coast in a sustainable way for the next 100 years.

The public consultation took place from March to June 2010.  There was an extremely good response, with the Environment Agency receiving over 180 formal responses.  Officers and local councillors considered which comments would lead to changes in the draft SMP document and in particular where comments would lead to a change in flood risk management policy for a frontage. The Shoreline Management plan was then approved. For more information go to the website.

Contact Details

If you would like to know more about our coast protection projects, please contact or call 01255 686956 or 686975.

Last updated on: 09/03/2016 - 14:02