COUNTY FACES DIFFICULT DECISIONS
KENT will have to be prepared to sacrifice parts of the coastal environment if it is to manage the risks posed by tidal surges and flooding, according to the chief executive of the Environment Agency. Baroness Barbara Young told the Kent Partnership conference the county faced difficult decisions. “We are going to see increased storm surges and we need to bring together the coastal environment and the built environment to make sure we have a clear idea of what needs to be defended and what cannot be defended. “Small elements of the built environment may have to be sacrificed in order to get some more general protection for the built environment,” she said. It was vital the that county faced up to potentially difficult decisions now, even if they did prove politically sensitive. “The ‘no regret’ decisions are the ones that are politically scary and long-term but they need to be made because they will keep Kent sustainable. We have to make those decisions now,” she said.
Barbara Young, chief executive at the Environment Agency