Essex has one of the longest coastlines of any county in England stretching for over 350 miles. It is one of Essex’s most valued assets for its:
- national and international importance for nature conservation
- value to the local economy, including for tourism and fishing
- development opportunities
- resource for water and land-based recreation
- importance for open landscapes, archaeological and heritage assets
- renewable energy infrastructure
The coast is facing many climate change challenges, such as increasing sea levels and storminess. We need to make decisions on how to manage the coast in a sustainable way.
Essex County Council does not have direct responsibility for managing (coastal) flooding on the coast, however, we have been a key partner in the development of the 2010 Essex and South Suffolk Shoreline Management Plan. Reviewing annual progress of its delivery and contributing to the 2021 and 2022 updates. The plan provides a strategic approach to coastal management through to 2105.
We contribute to many local and national coastal organisations including the:
- Essex Coastal Forum, which provides governance for the Shoreline Management Plan and Essex Coast Bird Aware
- Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Stour Valley Partnership
- Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group
- Coastal Communities Alliance