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Anglian Water puts £3M into Clacton coastal defence scheme

Anglian Water has agreed to put £3M into a major coastal protection scheme in Clacton, Essex, as part of a drive to fund partnership projects which benefit customers.

Anglian Water has agreed to put £3M into a major coastal protection scheme in Clacton, Essex, as part of a drive to fund partnership projects which benefit customers.

The coastal defences, which are aimed at protecting more than 3,000 residential and commercial properties from flooding, have been planned by Tendring District Council and include building 23 new rock fishtail groynes and recharging beaches.

Anglian Water are contributing £3M because the plans help tackle some of the challenges presented by its complex, interconnected drainage network and reduce the risk of flooding to its customers and equipment.

Jonathan Glerum, Anglian Water’s flood risk manager, said: “Funding partner projects like this is a first for the water industry and one that we are pioneering to reduce the risk of flooding while at the same time getting the best value for customers’ money.

“Between now and 2020 we will invest more than £8M in a variety of partner schemes and we welcome the opportunity to continue working in partnership with TDC along the coast.”

Cllr Nick Turner, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Coastal Protection welcomed the significant input from Anglian Water and said he hoped other companies would also contribute.

“This is a great example of the public and private sector working together on a project of regional - if not national – importance,” he added. “We will be contacting other companies about Anglian Water’s input to encourage them to do the same.”

The project is currently ahead of schedule and due for completion in the autumn.

Work on the rock groynes is now complete and the beach recharge is well underway. Three new beaches – those closest to Clacton and up to Vista Road – were reopened on Friday and will remain so for the rest of the summer.

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Flooding & Urban Drainage , Sewer Networks
Tags: flooding , coastal protection , Anglian Water

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