Shifting the shingle to protect the district

Almost 50,000 tonnes of shingle is being moved on local beaches to make sure homes and businesses are protected from flooding.

SHIFTING THE SHINGLE

The beaches provide vital protection for what is known in a one-in-200-year storm - a storm of such severity that only occurs on average once every 200 years.

But the shingle moves with the wind and waves and, without action, some areas could potentially be vulnerable to flooding. Engineers from Folkestone & Hythe District Council regularly monitor the beaches and work takes place twice each year to replenish shingle where it has been lost.

This is a major project and an important one to keep our residents safe.
The beaches help absorb the energy of waves and if we did not monitor levels there is a risk the sea would weaken or destroy sea walls. Cllr Dick Pascoe, Folkestone & Hythe District Council's Cabinet Member for Property and Environmental Health

Almost 1,200 truckloads will be transported between now and 7 December, when the work is scheduled to finish.

Published on 6 November 2018