Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

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.

Pic­ture: Paul Den­nis pd1170255

Bar­bara Young, chief ex­ec­u­tive at the En­vi­ron­ment Agency

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