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Title: Pevensey sea defence scheme
Author: Environment Agency Southern Region
Document Type: Monograph
The Agency took over the responsibility for sea defences at Pevensey Bay from the National Rivers Authority - covering a 9 kilometre stretch of coastline between Eastbourne and Bexhill. The nine kilometre long beach between Langney Point and Cooden provides the present defence against flooding from the sea. It protects a 50 square kilometre area including Pevensey Bay, Normans Bay, Langney, Westham and Pevensey itself. In this area there are: 2,000 properties; Recreational areas; Commercial sites; Transport links - the A259/A27 roads and the mainline railway between Eastbourne and Hastings; Wetlands of international importance; Two important nature reserves - the Hooe Flats and Pevensey Levels. The scheme was developed after extensive investigation and appraisal of a range of options to secure the defences for the future. The first part of the investigation involved over two years of comprehensive data collection including continuous measurement of wave heights at three locations. Analysis of these wave height records, together with the much longer record of wind speeds from the offshore Royal Sovereign lighthouse, enabled the long term wave climate to be calculated. Using this data a range of management options were evaluated in outline and together with beach recharge the following structures were identified for further investigation: Timber groynes; Timber groynes with rock T-heads; Rock strongpoints; and Off-shore rock breakwaters.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: [after 1996]
Publication Place: Worthing
Subject Keywords: CoastsEnvironmental managementFlood risk management plansCoastal management
Geographic Keywords: Pevensey LevelsCuckmere and Pevensey Levels catchment
Extent: 11
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