John H Hutchinson

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
The Committee on Climate Change, in a report published 26 October 2018 (CCC), warns that mean sea level might rise by about 1 metre within 80 years putting homes at risk from coastal flooding.

Homes, road & rail transport, energy, good quality farmland and water and waste infrastructure exposed to coastal flooding and erosion are at risk, which for Wirral, a borough with sea on three of its sides (possibly unique for UK), is of particular concern.

The report says that Councils should have some honest discussions with people to help them prepare for the difficult choices they’ll face.

The CCC report says that Shoreline Management Plans should be brought up-to-date to reflect the seriousness of the risks to coastal towns and properties.

In your response of 5 February 2010, you said that the assessment has not been made as yet and that additional Coastal Strategies are likely to be implemented as part of the Action Plan coming out of the Shoreline Management Plan with attention being paid to economic viability.

1. Has the Shoreline Management Plan been completed?

2. Instead of additional Coastal Strategies being "likely" to be implemented, has Council decided that these will definitely be implemented?

3. When considering economic viability, which parts of Wirral's coastline will be sacrificed and which parts will be protected?

4. By what means and over what period will the sacrifices be made?

5. By what means and over what period will the protections be made?

Yours faithfully,

John H Hutchinson

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Hutchinson

 

Thank you for your recent request for information regarding the Shoreline
Management Plan.  Please see Wirral Council’s response to your individual
enquiries below.

 

 

1. Has the Shoreline Management Plan been completed?  

Yes. Development of the North West England and North Wales Shoreline
Management Plan began in 2008, The Shoreline Management Plan was adopted
by Wirral Council Cabinet on 13 October 2009
 [1]http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/mgIssueHi...
and the final document was published in February 2011. The Shoreline
Management Plan was formally approved by the Environment Agency on 15^th
August 2016.

 

2. Instead of additional Coastal Strategies being "likely" to be
implemented, has Council decided that these will definitely be
implemented?

The draft Wirral Coastal Strategy was subject to public consultation for
12 weeks during September, October and November 2012.
[2]http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/mgIssueHi...

The final Management Plan and Action Plan from the Wirral Coastal Strategy
was approved by Wirral Council Cabinet on 10 October 2013
[3]http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/ieListDoc...

 

3. When considering economic viability, which parts of Wirral's coastline
will be sacrificed and which parts will be protected?

The Wirral Coastal Strategy confirms whether the policy identified in the
Shoreline Management Plan for each part of the Wirral coastline is
appropriate and identifies how and when that policy is to be implemented.
The Appendix to the Wirral Coastal Strategy Approval Cabinet Report sets
out the preferred approach and timescale for intervention for each coastal
management unit from the Shoreline Management Plan.

 

4. By what means and over what period will the sacrifices be made?

Please see the response to Question 3. The Appendix to the Wirral Coastal
Strategy Approval Cabinet Report can be found here
[4]http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/ieListDoc...

 

5. By what means and over what period will the protections be made?

Please see the response to Question 3. The Appendix to the Wirral Coastal
Strategy Approval Cabinet Report can be found here
[5]http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/ieListDoc...

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Business Management

 

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Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
thank you!

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson

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