The Swansea and Carmarthen Bay Coastal Engineering Group (comprising representatives from coastal local authorities, planning authorities, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations) are working together to coordinate strategic management of the South Wales coast, between Lavernock Point (Vale of Glamorgan) and St Ann’s Head (Pembrokeshire), both now and into the future. The Shoreline Management Plan (SMP2) is a high level, coastal erosion and flood risk management policy document which helps guide us in this task.
The coast is changing it always has and it always will. Climate change with rising sea levels will continue to increase the risk of flooding and erosion to the coast, affecting the places where people live, work and play. The way in which defences and the coast is managed in future may therefore need to change.
The current Chair of the coastal group is Clive Moon, Engineering Manager – Environment at the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Vice-Chair is Ben Kathrens, Flood Defence and Coastal Protection Manager at Carmarthenshire County Council. The group is identified in the National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management in Wales as a lead organisation for four measures and plays an active role as a member of the Wales Coastal Group Forum.