Public urged to have say on Cumbria coastal defence plans before consultation deadline

A leading South Lakes councillor is urging the public to have their say on plans to defend places like Sandside from coastal flooding over the next century.

Cumbria County Council’s consultation on a new strategy to combat coastal flooding from Arnside to the Scottish Border ends on 14 December and councillor James Airey, the council’s Conservative Group leader, is encouraging people in affected areas to have their say.

The village of Sandside is one area that has been hit by coastal flooding in recent years. The council’s new coastal plan proposes improvements to the area’s existing defences and, over time, the construction of a new sloping sea wall to give Sandside, and the B5282 between Milnthorpe and Arnside, greater protection.

Councillor James Airey said: “Cumbria is blessed with 150 miles of stunning coastline stretching from Arnside to Bowness-on-Solway but in powerful storms and high tides, flooding in places like Sandside can be all too common.

“Protecting homes, businesses and local roads from coastal flooding like that experienced at Sandside in recent years is hugely important and why taking part in this consultation is something I would urge people to do before it closes.”

People can take part in the Cumbria Coastal Strategy consultation before 14 December at: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/ccs/