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Coastal Protection

Where land within the borough lies below sea level, the Environment Agency is normally responsible for sea defences although there are some privately owned frontages. For land above sea level, responsibility normally lies with Swale Borough Council as Coast Protection Authority under the Coast Protection Act 1949.

Due to the enormous expense such works incur, they are normally only undertaken where it can be demonstrated that the benefits outweigh the costs. It is likely therefore that any further works apart from routine maintenance will be of a limited nature.

The Engineering Services Unit monitors coast protection and each year important Groyne repairs and beach replenishment works are carried out.

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