Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council ("the Council"),
It is widely accepted, by internationally reputable organisations, investigating Climate Change, that, if global temperatures continue to raise at the current rate, projections show that sea levels worldwide will rise NINE FEET by 2050.
1. Given that this is the prediction, what is Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council doing to make sure that further construction within Wirral Metropolitan Borough does not take place within NINE FEET of the current HIGH TIDE LINE?
There is currently a planning application for the demolition of 22 retirement flats at Ashton Court, Ashton Drive, West Kirby, and the construction of 14 houses.
2. Given that the sea level is anticipated to rise by NINE FEET, what measures is Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council proposing to stop the flooding of the ground floors of the 14 proposed houses?
Dear Mr Rundle
Further to your recent Freedom of Information request, please see the
Wirral Council takes a hierarchical approach to Flood and Coastal Erosion
Risk Management - which is the same approach adopted by all local
authorities in England and Wales.
Coastal Defence Policy is determined through the Shoreline Management Plan
which sets out how flood and erosion risk will be managed in the short
(0-20 years), medium (20-50 years) and long term (50-100 years) following
a high level assessment of coastal processes (taking into account climate
change) and applying these against the economic, environmental and social
requirements for managing defences. Policies are set for the coast which
can be :
Hold The Line
No Active Intervention
Advance The Line
For Wirral, ‘Hold The Line’ policies are applied at most locations for
most epochs, which means that flood and erosion risk will be managed by
continual maintenance and improvements to defences (if funds allow) over
the life of the plan. More information can be found at
www.mycoastline.org.uk using the “SMP Documents on LiveDrive” link
towards the bottom of the home page.
For West Kirby the Coastal Defence Policy over the next 100 years is ‘Hold
The next stage in the hierarchical approach is through the use of
Strategies which at the coast undertake more detailed economic,
environmental and social assessments of how and when Shoreline Management
Policy can be implemented. Strategies take account of current predictions
relating to climate change.
Strategies identify an Action Plan of where works are likely to be
required in the Short Term (within the next 20 years) and then this Action
Plan is taken forward onto the 6 Year Investment Programme for Flood and
Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Grant Aid which is administered by
the Environment Agency on behalf of Defra. This process helps the Treasury
to anticipate future spending for FCERM and allows it to set priorities
for that funding.
For West Kirby the Strategy identified the provision of new secondary
flood defence measures within the 25 years, however it also identified the
acceleration of the timings of these works would be beneficial in
minimising damages associated with flooding that would occur in the
In order to successfully bid and receive FCERM grant schemes must then
provide a robust business case for investment. For West Kirby that
business case has now been completed and is currently lodged with the
Environment Agency for approval.
Information about the Wirral Coastal Strategy and the West Kirby Flood
Alleviation scheme can be found at :
I trust this information is of interest to you.
Senior Information Management Officer
Records and Information Management
Transformation and Resources
Wallasey Town Hall
Tel: 0151 691 8201
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