We are building the Sandwich Town Tidal Defence Scheme in partnership with Pfizer and Kent County Council.
Some areas of Sandwich currently have a low standard of protection from tidal flooding: a 1 in 20 (5 per cent) chance of tidal flooding every year.
Following our Pegwell Bay to Kingsdown Coastal Defence Strategy (2008), the Environment Agency developed a tidal flood defence scheme to provide a 1 in 200 standard of protection to 488 homes and 94 commercial properties in Sandwich.
The tidal flood defence scheme will also protect:
- the neighbouring Discovery Park (Pfizer site)
- valuable infrastructure, such as the main coastal access routes
- key tourist and employment areas
The scheme will cost approximately £21.7 million, with contributions from Pfizer and Kent County Council.
Public drop-in session at Sandwich Quay
Thank you to everyone who came along to our drop in session at the Sandwich Quay on Thursday 7 November. Our project team spoke to over 125 people who came along to talk to us about the new defence scheme.
We received lots of positive feedback about our work so far and the main issue raised was about parking in Sandwich. We are continuing to try to reduce the impact of our works and have taken away a few suggestions to investigate. We will keep the local community up to date with the developments of the town’s new tidal defence scheme and keep them informed of any potential impacts the construction works may cause.
If you were unable to come to the drop-in and want to talk to us about the scheme, please feel free to contact us (see 'Contact us' section below).
Recent work - updated October 2013
Construction began on the new scheme in March and is going well. To keep disruption to a minimum during the busy spring and summer periods, we agreed with Sandwich Town Council and Dover District Council that construction work in the centre of the town will only take place during the winter months.
Over the summer we have been working outside of the town, raising and improving existing walls and embankments. We have already completed the new defences east of Richborough Road and at Stonar Lake. We are continuing work at Sandwich Industrial Estate and at the Gazen Salts recreation ground.
The full construction programme will run over two and a half years. We expect the work to be substantially complete by spring 2015.
Between now and April 2014 we will be working in the town centre, building the new flood wall at Sandwich Quay between the Toll Bridge and the quay car park.
The new flood wall will be set back from the quay edge and will be approximately one metre high at its highest point, with ramps and steps to maintain access for all to the quayside. The wall near the Toll Bridge will include a new seating area, with ramp access, to allow visitors to enjoy the view across the river.
Through the park, on the eastern side of the Town Quay, we will raise the existing earth embankment along the river bank. We will also carry out work to replace and raise the brick defences in front of Aynsley Court and raise the footpath to maintain the view of the river for the public.
In order to construct the new flood defences in the town safely, we will need to restrict some areas until 1 April 2014. More details about these restrictions can be found in the October 2013 newsletter which can be downloaded from this web page.
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Sandwich Town Tidal Defence Scheme
This page was updated on 26 November 2013.