The Environment Agency is working with Arun and Chichester District Councils to manage the risks of flooding and erosion in and around Pagham Harbour.
Reducing the risk of erosion - January 2013
Representatives from the relevant authorities met on 10 January 2013 and discussed a long list of options to reduce the risk of erosion to Pagham Beach. We presented our three, final short-list options to the Pagham Harbour and Coastal Advisors Group on 14 January 2013:
- a rolling programme of beach nourishment and recycling; or
- building timber breastwork along the worst areas; or
- placing a rock revetment.
Arun District Council, with support from the Environment Agency, is considering the feasibility of the three options and seeking the necessary consents and approvals. We hope to be in a position to install one of these longer-term options before the 2013-2014 winter.
In the meantime, Arun District Council will continue to recycle the beach to ensure it stays within our trigger levels.
Long-term plan to manage risks of flooding and erosion
We published our Pagham to East Head Coastal Defence Strategy in 2009. It recommended further study to better understand how the harbour and spits at Pagham will change over time:
In 2011, we completed a geomorphological assessment of Pagham Harbour. This study helped us to plan the work needed to manage the risks of flooding and erosion, and the harbour’s important environmental features:
- Adaptive Management Report Part 1 (PDF, 1MB)
- Adaptive Management Report Part 2 (PDF, 1MB)
- Adaptive Management Report Part 3 (PDF, 861KB)
- Appendix A Part 1 (PDF, 1MB)
- Appendix A Part 2 (PDF, 1MB)
- Appendix A Part 3 (PDF, 709KB)
- Appendix A Part 4 (PDF, 1MB)
- Appendix A Part 5 (PDF, 970KB)
- Appendix B (PDF, 410KB)
- Appendix C (PDF, 107KB)
In July 2011, we published a factsheet responding to concerns and questions raised by residents of Pagham and the surrounding communities:
If you have any questions about Pagham Harbour, please contact us.