Poole Bay Coastal & Flood Risk Management

Coastal & Flood Risk Management

A record of projects along the coast of Poole Bay, Dorset

Project News

Canford Cliffs, March update

Following the 18-month monitoring period, geology reports having been reviewed, options considered, and the Council has agreed a recommendation for a 12 month programme to stabilise the whole cliff face


Canford Cliffs, December update

The next phase of the preparatory works for the forthcoming cliff stabilisation is to clear more vegetation throughout the winter months, extending eastwards towards the zig-zag footway and Holm Oak …


Poole’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2017-2019

In 2010, the Government introduced the Flood and Water Management Act. This followed the national floods caused by surface water after extreme rain storms in 2007, which affected over 55,000 homes and businesses across the UK.

It acknowledged flooding as a natural event that will sometimes occur despite everyone’s efforts to prevent it. The Act requires every county or unitary authority to be a Lead Local Flood Authority and to develop a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS), to take strategic responsibility for managing local flood risk. The LFRMS for Poole is available to download now from our Strategies, Research & Monitoring page.

The need for Coastal Management

To protect property and infrastructure from the eroding forces of wind and waves through the use of hard and soft coastal defences.

Our coast protection depends mainly on the level of width of our beaches, which means they must be constantly maintained. It is also necessary to repair, replace or add to existing beach control structures such as groynes, that help keep beach material in place. This website records the Coastal Management work that is helping to safeguard beachfront and cliff-top property and infrastructure… [read more]

The need for Flood Risk Management

To protect houses and infrastructure from flood water damage during periods of severe weather.

There are two types of flooding in and around coastal areas; from sea harbours and estuaries during tidal surges and surface water from heavy rain storms. Protection from tidal flooding is achieved by raising the land near to the waters edge by building walls etc. Protection from rain storm flooding, once it has overwhelmed the sewerage systems, is by slowing down the water flow and creating storage areas … [read more]