Plan to cope with floods in Chichester

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A SCHEME to manage flooding in the low-lying areas around Chichester Harbour has been launched.

The Environment Agency is seeking input from local communities to manage tidal flooding and erosion from Emsworth to West Wittering.

Towns and villages along this vulnerable stretch include Thorney Island, Southbourne, Nutbourne, Chidham, Bosham, Fishbourne, Birdham and West Itchenor.

Large swathes of the area is farmland on reclaimed intertidal marshes.

Andrew Gilham, flood and coastal risk manager for the Environment Agency, said: ‘With our climate changing and sea levels rising, the risks and the number of people affected is likely to increase.

‘We want communities to get involved and share their views so together we can develop a strategy that manages the long-term future of this stretch of coastline.’

The agency plans to consult parish councils and landowners. Public exhibitions will be held to show possible ways of managing the flood risk.