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Mr Lyall Cairns, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership


Mr Matt Hosey, Poole Borough Council

Mr Neil Watson, Environment Agency

Research Chair

Dr Samantha Cope, Havant Borough Council

About SCG


Chairman: Mr Lyall Cairns

East Solent Coastal Partnership

02392 446 013

Research Chair: Dr Samantha Cope

Havant Borough Council Coastal Team

02392 446 381

Prior to the formation of the existing seven strategic coastal groups of England and Wales management of the country's shoreline had for some years been the remit of 16 regional groups that worked with Defra, the Environment Agency (EA), local authorities and other organisations.  

Central southern England was served by The Standing Conference on Problems Associated with the Coastline (SCOPAC, established 1986).  

On 22 June 2007, the former Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Ian Pearson, announced new arrangements for the Environment Agency’s overview role on the future management of coastal erosion and sea flooding in England.  

The Minister’s announcement included a statement on the proposed arrangements for the coastal strategic overview, requiring that the Environment Agency:

These arrangements represented an important development, meaning that, for the first time, one organisation had overall responsibility for the management of all coastal risks.

The Minister's statement included the intention that coastal groups should become more strategic and play a stronger role in the future planning of flood and coastal erosion risk management. In addition, coastal groups would advise the EA and be represented on Regional Flood Defence Committees (RFDCs).

Defra agreed to work with Coastal Groups and the EA to develop arrangements for:

SCOPAC at that time comprised a Full Conference of elected members, interest groups and technical officers, with a separate Officer's Working Group (comprising technical officers) carrying out research and providing feedback to the Full Conference.  

It is the SCOPAC Officer's Working Group that formed the new Southern Coastal Group.

SCG Origins