11 May 2016 Last updated at 11:00

Coastal strategy drop-in roadshows

Two public drop-in roadshows for the draft coastal strategy for the West Wight, are due to be held this month (20 and 24 May).

The roadshows are part of the current three month public consultation on a draft coastal strategy for the West Wight shoreline.

The coastline covered in the strategy includes the towns of Yarmouth, Cowes, East Cowes, Freshwater, Totland, Colwell, as well as Newport Harbour, and surrounding areas.

The public consultation opened on 31 March and will run to 30 June 2016 and is an opportunity for people to learn about the proposals that have been put forward to manage future coastal flood and erosion risks to the West Wight shoreline.

Executive member for environment and local engagement, councillor Paul Fuller said: ”We are keen to hear the views of the public about this proposal which forms part of our commitment to ensuring that the Island is a better and safer place.

“I would urge people to come along to the two roadshows to make sure that their views are heard and also to find out more about the proposed coastal strategy and priority schemes for the West Wight shoreline.”

The drop-in roadshows have been arranged to explain the preferred approaches needed to reduce or adapt to future coastal risks and so that the public can ask questions and make comments that will be recorded and used to inform the strategy.

Drop-in roadshow dates
• Friday 20 May, 2pm to 7pm, Yarmouth (Community Hall of Yarmouth and District, St James Street, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 ONU).
• Tuesday 24 May, 2pm to 7pm, Cowes (New Holmwood Hotel, Queens Road, Egypt Point, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8BW)

Find out more and have your say
You can download a copy of the strategy and a summary report from the council's website - https://www.iwight.com/consultations/  and there is also an online questionnaire for you to submit your comments.
Alternatively please email: coast@iow.gov.uk or contact the Council, tel: (01983) 821000.
The closing date for responses to this consultation is 30 June 2016. Unfortunately no responses received after this date can be considered by the council.

Future coastal and flood defence schemes will be developed within the government’s ‘partnership funding’ system, which combines public and private funding contributions.

In February 2015 public workshops were held which shaped the early development of the strategy. Since then, the work has been developed based on the latest national guidance, and the draft strategy has now been published for a three month period of public consultation in spring 2016.

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  • The public consultation on the West Wight coastal strategy ends on 30 June 2016.
 
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