Coastal Partners are a team of engineers, surveyors, project managers, environment and finance experts who centrally deliver a comprehensive coastal management service which manages the coastal flood and erosion risk across 162km of coastline.
Coastal Partners recognises that coastal flooding and erosion risk aren't exclusive to local authorities and represents four local authorities: Fareham Borough Council, Gosport Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council and Havant Borough.
To manage coastlines, improve community resilience and enhance the natural environment.
- To deliver an improved, efficient, reduced cost, professional, adequately resourced coastal management service through co-ownership of objectives and an equitable fee structure.
- To Increase public and internal confidence that key coastal management objectives can be achieved.
- To promote efficiency savings for procurement across LA partners maximising the benefits to each authority.
- To promote the efficient use of staff resource whilst sharing and strengthening ‘In House’ coastal expertise.
- To challenge historical ways of working.
Why did we form?
The Local Authorities (LA) within the Coastal Partners organisation share coastal management for both open coast and natural harbours. Previously they worked together in the spirit of partnership through local planning initiatives. Then a natural progression led to the or the formation of Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) as it was more widely accepted that coastal flooding and erosion risks impacts were not exclusive to the LA boundaries.
The formation of the organisation has evolved over time, since formation in 2008, through local service level agreements and partnership working. In 2012 it was formed fully to deliver a combined, efficient and comprehensive coastal management service, which was identified as an example of best practice by the Environment Agency and Defra.
2020 sees the evolution continue with a rebranding and launch of our new name 'Coastal Partners'. The new name reflects the intention to build on the original partnership formed between the four local authorities by sharing experience, skills and services beyond the Eastern Solent and by working with new partners.
What do we do?
Coastal Partners looks to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion to people, the developed and natural environment by encouraging the provision of technically, environmentally and economically sustainable coastal defence and protection measures.
Coastal Partners undertake a broad range of coastal management activities including:
- Working at a strategic level to deliver Shoreline Management Plans and Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management (CFERM) Strategies. These plans enable the Coastal Partners to bid for funding to implement the recommended management approach. (Joining together these bids for aid can be more attractive to the Environment Agency and can deliver significant cost savings).
- Designing and implementing on the ground CFERM engineering schemes that improve the standard of flood and erosion protection for the people living along our shoreline.
- Undertaking regular management, inspection and maintenance of the sea defences across our region to ensure a safe standard of protection for our communities.
- Carrying out coastal monitoring and research to ensure we have the most accurate and up to date information to undertake our work.
- Engaging with local communities, organisations and business on all aspects of our work to ensure we involve local people to help shape the decisions that we make.
Coastal Partners acts as a lead on key studies for the Environment Agency. This role returns an income which reducing costs to the public purse. During a recent visit to the Coastal Partners area by Defra and the Treasury high praise was provided to the team saying that the model used should be encouraged across the rest of the country.