Martin relinquished the chair of LGTAG’s Coastal and Fluvial Management committee very recently; he has been involved with the committee ever since its inception in 1991 and is he thinks the last surviving inaugural member.
In those distant days, it was ACTO Committee G and just coastal matters, with fluvial terms added to our brief in the late 90’s. It was an era when, although you probably knew who the coastal engineer was in the adjacent authority, very little if any dialogue took place between adjacent coast protection authorities. In two decades matters have changed considerably – firstly with the introduction of regional coastal groups which strategically cover the whole of the England and Wales shoreline and more recently with the introduction of legislation covering new responsibilities for county and unitary authorities suitably designated as Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs).
Coastal groups have evolved over the years with recent changes leading to fewer more diverse and stronger groups having an important role in the strategic management of risk on our shoreline including a lead role in the new Shoreline Management Plans. From a fluvial perspective the new Flood and Water Management Act (2010) gives LLFAs responsibilities.TAG-BLOG-October-2011.doc (89 downloads)